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August 1955

The Impact of Boxing upon the Visual Apparatus

Author Affiliations

Surgeon and Medical Officer in charge of Orthoptic Department, Moorfields Eye Hospital; Ophthalmic Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St. London.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1955;54(2):161-169. doi:10.1001/archopht.1955.00930020163001

Boxing devotees are no exception to the rule that men can always evolve a set of reasons to justify their favorite pleasure; and even if their arguments be exposed as fallacies, those who love a fight will readily produce alternative pleas to support their craze. Before we look at some of the conventional arguments for boxing, let it be emphasized that many of us possess firsthand evidence against Haislet's contention that the sport is not dangerous. "The injuries that do occur," he says, "are minor and are not serious" (my italics). According to him, there are "no permanent scars or injuries" (my italics again). Anyone who can believe those statements in defiance of the facts has no right to despise an ostrich for burying his head in the sand. The literature contains many records of eyes wrecked by boxing, and we must also remember that the eyes and their adnexa,

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