According to an article published in the prestigious, peer-reviewed British Medical Journal, human Tinea imbricata has been found in gungans. Human Tinea imbricata, a superficial fungal infection of man, has an ornate appearance composed of concentric circles and polycyclic or serpiginous scaly plaques. The condition is common in several humid tropical regions, especially in parts of Polynesia and Melanesia. It is also reported occasionally in the Amazon basin and other tropical areas in both hemispheres. The precise distribution of tinea imbricata, however, has been poorly defined ever since the disease was named by Sir Patrick Manson, the father of tropical medicine.

According to dermatologist Scott A. Norton, “My diagnosis of tinea imbricata (in Gungans) is clinical, based on the appearance of the Gungans’ diseased skin. Without scrapings, I was unable to confirm the diagnosis by culture or microscopy. Although we know little about diseases of extraterrestrial creatures (ETs), indirect evidence suggests that Gungan skin is composed of keratin, that they are susceptible to human diseases, and that they have had contact with human populations who have tinea imbricata.”

As of May 3, 2001, has received a number of e-mails suggesting to us that this may be a joke on the part of Dr. Norton, or even on our part. How could that be? Dr. Norton isn’t a gungan, and neither are we.

Illustrations courtesy British Medical Journal

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