Coming May 2021!
In Damage, author Tris Dixon delivers a gripping history of “boxing’s darkest secret”–CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), which was known previously as “Dementia Pugilistica” and “Punch Drunk Syndrome.” This highly-anticipated book has already generated intense discussion on social media about the inner-conflict that comes with being a fan of the “sweet science, ” and the difficulty involved in witnessing the devastating brain trauma suffered by the warriors who fight for the entertainment of millions. Unfortunately, the promoters, managers, and other non-participants who profit from the violence have long looked the other way. Will this book finally drive them to address the issue and help fighters get the help they deserve?
It’s an old story–a fighter gains fame, drives fast cars, makes piles of cash, and dates beautiful women. Then comes the fall–booze, drugs, depression, poverty, illness. This dark narrative has been playing out for a hundred years.
Doctors first identified “Punch Drunk Syndrome” in 1928. It later became known as “Dementia Pugilistica.” Today, we call it CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The secret history of this disease in boxing has never been fully told– until now.
In Damage, Tris Dixon looks at the boxing origins of CTE and chronicles the lives of fighters affected by it. He interviews some of the sport’s biggest names, past and present; some lesser-known journeymen; and highly respected trainers and other figures to try to understand why no one wants to discuss CTE or take responsibility for it, and what boxing can do to help the warriors who sacrifice their health seeking glory in the ring.
Learn more about Damage:
- Booksellers, librarians, and reviewers, find Damage on Edelweiss
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- Paul Pender: Boxing, CTE, and “Case Zero”, by Tris Dixon