To the Editor.
—Dr Jordan should be complimented for the comprehensiveness of his review article.1 He makes two statements regarding the prevention of neurologic injury that require further comment. He states that, "The role of the ringside physician in providing safety in the ring cannot be overemphasized." I think it is unlikely, and certainly there is no evidence, that a ringside physician will be any more successful than referees have been in the past in terminating a bout prior to the occurrence of specific blows to the head that cause acute brain damage.Dr Jordan also states, "The proper neurological evaluation of a boxer who sustains multiple head blows represents another important safety measure in boxing. The New York State Athletic Commission... recently required that boxers sustaining a technical knockout or knockout from head blows, submit to an EEG, CT scan, and reexamination in order to fight again..." The value of prefight
Hochman MS. Neurologic Aspects of Boxing. Arch Neurol. 1987;44(11):1110. doi:10.1001/archneur.1987.00520230006002