Jdsk wrote:Tangled Metal wrote: I wonder if there's anything the medical profession involved in boxing can do but don't that could limit harm.
Have you had a chance to read the WMA statement?
I'll assume not.
There's a whole set of ethical issues for doctors in boxing:
1 Treating people who have been injured. That one's easy: it's not a doctor's rôle to judge and treatment should be according to need. (But see also decisions in war zone etc... )
2 Public education and campaigning. Also easy. And for boxing exemplified by the WMA and many other medical associations and many individuals who have spoken out and made recommendations. But it's not their job to regulate the activities of other competent adults, that falls to the state.
3 Being personally involved in the sport. Very difficult. If you do you might be propping it up, and you're very likely to be accused of that. If you don't then crucial rôles such as assessing fitness to participate might not be fulfilled. (And see also participation in capital punishment... )