Trainee doctors Sarah Giles and Sarah Shea have written a tongue-in-cheek article for the Canadian Medical Association Journal, claiming that nursery rhyme characters didn’t get the best of medical treatment.
And clearly, the carer in the ‘Rock a-bye baby story, should not have been hanging tots in trees, and when the "bough broke" should have been a bit quicker getting the babe to hospital.
But the most interesting aspect of the paper is the new nursery rhyme:
Little Johnny rode his bike,
No helmet on his head.
He took a fall and split his skull,
His mother feared him dead. She rushed him to the ER,
Where they checked his neuro signs.
They noted a blown pupil
And inserted IV lines. They called the neurosurgeon,
Who came in and drilled a burr.
Now Johnny’s fine; he rides his bike,
But he’s helmeted, for sure.