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July 1988

Prevention of Neurologic Injuries in Boxing

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology The New York-Cornell Medical Center 525 E 68th St New York, NY 10021

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(7):713-714. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520310015005

To the Editor.  —The abolition of boxing would unequivocally result in the establishment of illegal or "bootleg" boxing. Acknowledgment of the potential medical hazards associated with unsupervised illegal boxing leads to the realization that banning boxing is not necessarily synonymous with the prevention of neurologic injury. Since Dr Lundberg1 advocates the abolition of boxing as an effective means of preventing brain damage in boxing, it is understandable why my discussion of the prevention of brain injury in boxing appears problematic. Short of banning boxing, my review presented a realistic approach to medical and safety reform in boxing. In response to Dr Lundberg's concerns, I would first like to further elucidate why "bootleg" boxing could potentially increase the magnitude of neurologic injuries. Once this controversial concept is established, I would like to clarify the more practical issues of prevention presented by Dr Lundberg.Dr Lundberg correctly acknowledges that the banning of boxing would

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