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October 20, 1962

Boxing Lacerations

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2121 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 37, Fla.

JAMA. 1962;182(3):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050420090025

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To the Editor:—  As a former amateur boxer and now as a plastic surgeon, I have been interested in the problem of boxing lacerations. Many a fight has been lost by a TKO due to a cut when the lacerated fighter was actually winning the bout. This is unsatisfactory not only because the majority of lacerations are of little consequence but are caused by a head butt which is itself a foul.In a frantic attempt to stop the bleeding and prevent a loss of the fight on a technicality the corner cut man fills the wound with escharotics and greases. As the contest continues, the wound is torn wider and is pounded with bacteria, increasing the chance of infection. Thus, it seemed that immediate suturing of a laceration during the one-minute corner rest period could be an answer as it would check hemorrhage, clear vision, reduce infection, and prevent

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