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Great surveys of our time

The nation of malades imaginaire on the other side of the Channel has been polled on the ailments they most fear and holding the top slot is the Big C (72%), although its margin over Alzheimer's has fallen from 37 to 18 percentage points. Also coming up on the rails are cardio-vascular diseases and brain injuries. The Big Disease with the Little Name slips from petrifying 35% of Gauls to 27%. Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's round off the leader board, while an impressive 3% have 'no opinion'.

No showing for either crise de foie or jambes lourdes, two ailments known only to the French.

Oddly enough, the survey was conducted for a magazine called Pèlerin (pilgrim), so I suppose it is rum that 'anything that could not be cured by taking the waters at Lourdes' was not an option.


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Anonymous nomad said... 10:45 am

Garlic, Gauloise and Pernod are quite enough to keep any bugs away!  



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