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To the Editor:—
It has been suggested to me that a report of the main findings in my investigation of two deaths of runners after 5-mile and 6-mile races be sent to The Journal in order that it be placed in the appropriate literature. The complete report appeared in the Amateur Athlete, June, 1955. On Nov. 26, 1953, in Manchester, Conn., a 20-year-old cross country runner collapsed shortly before the finish of a 5-mile road race. He was found to have hemiplegia of the right side. He died approximately 48 hours later. Autopsy revealed occlusion of the left internal carotid artery. On June 18, 1954, in St. Louis, a 29-year-old runner collapsed after finishing a 6-mile race on the track. Nine days later he died. Autopsy revealed diffuse liver damage. There was a question as to whether the changes were due to heat stroke or hepatitis. From my personal knowledge
Robbins CA. TWO DEATHS IN LONG-DISTANCE RUNNERS. JAMA. 1956;161(4):392. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970040090021