|American boxer John Heenan (1835-1873)|
"The condition can no longer be ignored by the medical profession or the public. It is the duty of our profession to establish the existence or non-existence of punch drunk by preparing accurate statistical data as to its incidence, careful neurologic examinations of fighters thought to be punch drunk, and careful histologic examinations of the brains of those who have died with symptoms simulating the parkinsonian syndrome. The late manifestations of punch drunk will be seen chiefly in the neurologic clinics and the asylums, and such material will practically fall to the neuropathologist connected with such institutions."
Dr. Ann McKee of Boston Univeristy and Dr. Bennet Omalu of West Virginia University. With more than four million children and young adults playing football in this country, it is our moral obligation as neuropathologists and as citizens to become active participants in the public discussion surrounding this important social and public health issue.