Nice work if you can get it


by Rumbold
16th June, 2011 at 9:23 am    

Glad to see that neurosurgeons and researchers are being kept busy in Germany:

Academics have carried out a detailed analysis of the 700 head injuries suffered by characters in the Asterix comic books, in a paper published by a respected medical journal…

The researchers, led by Marcel Kamp at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, conclude: “The favourable outcome is astonishing, since outcome of traumatic brain injury in the ancient world is believed to have been worse than today and also since no diagnostic or therapeutic procedures were performed.”

Their paper, published in the official journal of the European Association of Neurosurgical Socities, known as Acta Neurochirurgica, sets out with no apparent irony their aim to “analyse the epidemiology and specific risk factors of traumatic brain injury in the Asterix illustrated comic books”.


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  1. sunny hundal

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  1. Unity — on 16th June, 2011 at 12:41 pm  

    Yes, even academics produce the occasional humorous paper.

    My personal favourite is:

    Upper, D.,The Unsuccessful Self-treatment of a case of “Writer’s Block”, Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis (1974) 7, 497.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1311997/pdf/jaba00061-0143a.pdf

  2. ukliberty — on 16th June, 2011 at 4:45 pm  

    Ah Unity, that made me chuckle.

  3. Don — on 16th June, 2011 at 7:19 pm  

    Apparently frivolous research projects are often a useful way of letting graduate students practice certain techniques and – sometimes – making a few quid from sponsors or journalists. Everybody knows it’s a bit of fun but the methodology still needs to be correct even though the data is a bit silly.

    It can go wrong and I’m not entirely comfortable with some of the results which occassionaly are reported in the press as ‘scientists say’ but in this case it seems like a harmless execise in analysing data.

    A bit like the US disaster agency (whoever) who recently caught flak for posting a ‘zombie apocolypse’ section on it’s site. The advice applied to many real emergency situations with the ‘zombie’ tag attached to get people’s attention.

  4. skidmarx — on 16th June, 2011 at 11:44 pm  

    Chiefly, it’s vital to get good statistix.

  5. Unity — on 17th June, 2011 at 3:48 pm  

    It was the US CDC who did the zombie apocalypse section and I must be spending too much time hanging out in the geek sections of the net because everyone I saw commenting on it thought it was brilliant.

  6. Rumbold — on 17th June, 2011 at 3:50 pm  

    Haha skidmarx.

  7. nobodieshero — on 19th June, 2011 at 2:19 am  

    this site is a joke the delete any thing the do not agree with

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