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To the Editor:
In the paper, "Closure of Boxing Lacerations Between Rounds" (Arch Surg 86:295 [Feb] 1963), the author correctly emphasizes the paradox of a fighter who is ahead on points losing by a technical knockout because of a facial laceration. Would it be invidious to point out a greater paradox, that of a plastic surgeon whose art is primarily directed not at preventing or correcting deformity but at permitting a contestant to continue longer in the meat grinder than might otherwise be possible?It should also be noted that the author shares with John Boyle O'Reilly (O'Reilly, J. B.: Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport, Boston: Ticknor & Co., 1888.), that ancient admirer of John L. Sullivan, the myth that padded gloves reduce the chances of injury to the participants. There is little doubt that gloves are a protection to the wearer's hands rather than to his opponent's head
Laforet EG. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. Arch Surg. 1963;87(3):538. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310150174039