@Lard I will take your Terry Brown and raise you Steven Boniface:
Stephen Boniface, former chairman of the construction arm of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), has told the institute’s 40,000 members that ‘true rising damp’ is a myth and chemically injected damp-proof courses (DPC) are ‘a complete waste of money’.
Rising Damp does not exist. This page helps you understand why, and shows you the real reasons for any damp problems you may be experiencing, damp proofing company, recommendations for damp proofing.www.heritage-house.org
and lastly :The rising damp myth - whitworth
There is more evidence against than for the case of rising damp.