Thursday, June 16, 2011

Asterix comics contain 700 traumatic brain injuries, say academics - Telegraph

Ban them tout de suite.

The main characters “thump” Romans, pirates and Goths but a “detailed analysis had not been performed hitherto” of the injuries they suffered.
By “screening” all 34 books, the authors found 704 cases of head or brain injury, all but six suffered by men.
The victims were mostly Romans (450) but also included 120 Gauls, 59 bandits or pirates, 20 Goths, eight Vikings and five Britons. In 402 cases the perpetrators of the violence were Asterix and/or Obelix themselves.
In 696 cases “blunt force” was used but eight people were strangled and six suffered a fall.
More victims (390) suffered severe trauma than moderate (89) or mild (225), with the researchers using the standard Glasgow coma scale to assess the seriousness of their wounds.
About half (390) lost consciousness after being attacked and 188 were drawn with hypoglossal paresis – “an outstretched or sideward pointing tongue”. Half also had periorbital ecchymoses or “raccoon eyes” and some had “sporadic amnesia”.


geoff said...

Sensational and there should be more animation violence expose'. The drain upon the cartoon medical system must be horrendous! Not to mention the opoor role model examples it must give to baby animations when growing up tthat it is fine to thump, clubber and whack. The sooner Wil. E. Coyote and Road Runner can get suitable counselingtheir irresponsible behaviour can be stopped.

Colin Campbell said...

Totally agree. I wonder if their research was peer reviewed? How does it rate compared to Tom and Jerry and the like.

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