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The World in Medicine
July 8, 1998

Can Doctors Deliver TKO?

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JAMA. 1998;280(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.280.2.125-JWM80004-5-1

Three years after 2 bills to outlaw boxing in the United Kingdom were defeated, a trio of experts has advocated a novel alternative that wouldn't require new legislation.

In the June 13 BMJ, the experts, from the English universities of Sunderland and Cambridge, pointed out that boxing matches are required by law to have a physician and emergency medical personnel present.

"A promoter who fails to organize medical cover would be open to legal proceedings by an injured boxer or his personal representatives," they wrote. "The withdrawal of medical cover would, without legislation, make professional boxing impossible. The profession could reconsider, in the light of its own ethical standards, participation by its members in boxing promotions."