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September 25, 1996

Boxing: Does the Size of the Prize Affect the Drain on the Brain?

Author Affiliations

University of Nevada School of Medicine Reno

JAMA. 1996;276(12):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540120032027

To the Editor.  —Dr Lundberg's fifth, and most recent, Editorial1 calling for a ban of boxing compels me to reply to 2 major areas of concern: factual and philosophical.I understand and share Dr Lundberg's abhorrence of violence and of needless injury and suffering inflicted on any members of our society. I also believe, however, that as physicians we must be extremely careful not to let our own prejudices and moral stances lead us to unfounded or poorly supported actions. One only needs to recall the abject failure of Prohibition to understand how a "morally right" stance can lead to a "pragmatically wrong" solution. Furthermore, asking physicians to call for the ban of boxing because it is "morally wrong" may be setting a dangerous precedent. What is the next morally wrong activity that we should try to ban? Perhaps abortion, or gay lifestyles, or birth control, or the possession