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August 20, 1910

One Medical Aspect of the Prize Fight

JAMA. 1910;55(8):711-712. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080077026

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To the Editor:  The medical man may read much between the lines as to the reason for the defeat of a former champion in a recent famous prize-fight. There was much more at the bottom of this inglorious disaster than mere inability to get back into training.The stress laid on the reports, at the time of the early arrangements for the fight, that the former champion had been examined by noted medical men to see if he could expect to get into good training again, together with the current rumors as to the habits of dissipation common to this class of athletes, would give ground for the suspicion that there may have been a definite and specific reason for such a careful preliminary examination. One noted ring follower states that no man with a normal brain could have been so utterly helpless before an opponent; another that "he was

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