Science Fun of the Week
(February 3rd, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Traumatic brain injuries in Asterix comic books.
From the introduction:
"The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... one small village of the indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium...
This legendary introduction introduces nearly all adventures of Asterix, the Gaulish warrior, and his inseparable friend Obelix, a menhir delivery-man. During their adventures, they have to defend their small village with its citizens against various enemies, first and foremost the Roman occupying power. A magic potion brewed by the village druid Getafix gives Asterix, Obelix and their fellow citizens superhuman strength, being the prerequisite for their continuing resistance. Among their adventures, several big and rather small battles, they thump Romans, pirates, and several other enemies, like Goths, or even themselves. Here, one might get the impression that severe and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the predominant pattern of injuries, but a detailed analysis had not been performed hitherto."
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