Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The aftermath of boxing1

J. A. N. Corsellisa1, C. J. Brutona1 and Dorothy Freeman-Brownea12

a1 From the Department of Neuropathology, Runwell Hospital, Wickford, Essex


The brains of 15 retired boxers have been studied and the lives of the men concerned have been investigated in retrospect. A characteristic pattern of cerebral change has been identified which appears not only to be a result of the boxing but also to underlie many features of the punch-drunk syndrome.


1 This study was aided by a grant from the Medical Research Council.

2 Miss Freeman-Browne was supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.