But if this theory is correct here is one thing that needs to be addressed. It is the riddle why nuns were particularly prone to getting the disease during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, more so than other women were. This riddle has perplexed the medical profession for decades and until now nobody has come up with a satisfactory explanation. It is because of the frequency of breast cancer among nuns that the disease has until recent times been dubbed "The Nun's Disease".
The first person that noticed the unusual high frequency of the disease in Catholic nuns was an Italian physician named Bernardino Ramazzini (1633-1714). He was however at a loss as to explain this strange paradox and speculated perhaps that there was some relationship between their celibacy and childlessness. It is this view that has been adopted by the modern medical profession although the reasons are unclear as to why being childless has a bearing on the matter if it has at all. In fact, according to some research breast cancer risks are about the same for women who don't have children and whose first births are after the age of 30. In other words, nobody knows and I would say that such observations are red herrings anyway as there is an explanation that does provide the answer to the riddle and it supports my thesis substantially.
It is the purpose of this dissertation to bring to the world's attention the answer to the riddle and at the same direct interested parties and all women, to the researches outlined in my book "The Tyranny of the Bra" which presents historical and medical research to show that restrictive garments such as the bra is a major contributor to the vulnerability of women in contracting this dreadful disease.
In view of the nature of the riddle in this treatise I have chosen to outline the answer to the nun's disease through the lips of the famous character of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes. While this character may be fictional the methodology and deductive measures used by him are real and his methods have helped me to discover the answer to the conundrum that has evaded so many learned people before me.
I believe I am the first person to answer the riddle that has perplexed scholars and the medical profession for three hundred years or more - the riddle why nuns were more prone to breast cancer than other women.