An Egyptian living in Europe but her heart stayed back home. Having some random thoughts about the before and after pictures. Ghawayesh means bracelets. In my context it symbolizes the cuffs of my culture. I don't know if I like them or hate them. Thanks for passing by.

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I started this blog in 2006 as a joke. Now that I look back, I have decided to take it seriously!

15 June 2011

Hahahahahaha!! I can't stop laughing at this!!

This reminds me of my teaching glory! Happiest time of my life was when I stood in those lectures in front of 200 students to convey hard and boring info in a funny way. Way to go, colleagues! The only weird thing is that this joke is from Ze Germans! I thought the smallest book ever written was that of German humor? :p

Traumatic brain injuries in the Asterix comics

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).


Anonymous said...

Is this a real study???

Ghawayesh said...

Yes, Maya! *Still laughing*

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!!! Hahahahaha!

The accompanying illustration is very intriguing... I have read lots of Asterix books but have never come across this picture. Is it really from Asterix? If so, where were you able to find it? What exactly is going on in it?

Anonymous said...

...either way, I adore this frame... hahaha... It's cool how the stone discus shatters in his hand... and his toes - spread ridiculously far apart and wiggling in spasms.. love his toes!!!

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