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May 22, 1996

Boxing and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(20):1609. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530440089044

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Boxing and Medicine is one of the few sports medicine books that looks at a sport from more than a purely medical standpoint. Dr Cantu and contributors have compiled a unique blend of up-to-date information on both the medical aspects of boxing and the psychosocial issues affecting the individual athlete and society's perception of the sport.

The intent of Boxing and Medicine is to respond to the growing sentiment that the sport should be eliminated and to present a balanced description of boxing and its medical risks, athletes, and position in society. The book begins by comparing the dangers of boxing with those of other, more socially accepted sporting activities, such as college football, motorcycle racing, scuba diving, mountaineering, hang gliding, sky diving, and horseracing. Interestingly, the chance of fatality in boxing is 1.3 per 100 000 participants, which is a fraction of the risk in these other sports.