Traumatic brain injuries in the Asterix comics

A team of neurosurgeons has completed an exhaustive study of the causes of traumatic brain injury in the Asterix comics.

Needless to say, it is a work of pure genius.

And if the conclusions at the end of the summary don’t make you beam with delight, you are dead inside.
 

Traumatic brain injuries in illustrated literature: experience from a series of over 700 head injuries in the Asterix comic books

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2011 Jun;153(6):1351-5.

Kamp MA, Slotty P, Sarikaya-Seiwert S, Steiger HJ, Hänggi D.

Department for Neurosurgery
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Background: The goal of the present study was to analyze the epidemiology and specific risk factors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the Asterix illustrated comic books. Among the illustrated literature, TBI is a predominating injury pattern.

Methods: A retrospective analysis of TBI in all 34 Asterix comic books was performed by examining the initial neurological status and signs of TBI. Clinical data were correlated to information regarding the trauma mechanism, the sociocultural background of victims and offenders, and the circumstances of the traumata, to identify specific risk factors.

Results: Seven hundred and four TBIs were identified. The majority of persons involved were adult and male. The major cause of trauma was assault (98.8%). Traumata were classified to be severe in over 50% (GCS 3-8). Different neurological deficits and signs of basal skull fractures were identified. Although over half of head-injury victims had a severe initial impairment of consciousness, no case of death or permanent neurological deficit was found. The largest group of head-injured characters was constituted by Romans (63.9%), while Gauls caused nearly 90% of the TBIs. A helmet had been worn by 70.5% of victims but had been lost in the vast majority of cases (87.7%). In 83% of cases, TBIs were caused under the influence of a doping agent called “the magic potion”.

Conclusions: Although over half of patients had an initially severe impairment of consciousness after TBI, no permanent deficit could be found. Roman nationality, hypoglossal paresis, lost helmet, and ingestion of the magic potion were significantly correlated with severe initial impairment of consciousness (p ≤ 0.05).

 

Link to PubMed entry for study (via @velascop).
Link to DOI entry for study.

8 Comments

  1. k
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Who’s next, the Three Stooges? The Japanese version of ‘Power Rangers’?

  2. The Sniper
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Getalifix

  3. Posted June 16, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Made me smile, Thank you

  4. Opus the Poet
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    So, What was the correlation between helmet wearing and TBI? ;)

  5. Pangolin
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Best. Medical. Study. EVER.

    • Pangolin
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Note: I will be referencing this paper whenever anybody asks me why I bicycle without a helmet.

  6. Posted June 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    It’s very common in fiction to present traumatic head injury as completely harmless in the long term — especially in television. If anyone got knocked out as often as John Steed does (in every episode of The Avengers), he not only would not be sharp as a tack, but he wouldn’t be fit for espionage five years later.


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