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The doctor noted two other rather surprising findings: a blow to the side rather than the point of the jaw is more likely to cause a knockout—"a clinical state of cerebral concussion," as he put it. Which helps explain why a left hook is usually more effective than a straight right. And there is "more damage done to a fighter who is knocked to the canvas and who hits his head on the floor than there is by a knockout punch."
Another speaker was Mrs. Tudor Gardiner, M.D., whom you may remember as Tenley Albright, figure skater. She discussed stress and the role it plays in sports medicine.
"Nervousness can be a very constructive thing," she said, "if it is channeled in the proper direction. Stress has to be brought into the picture."
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Arriving from Katmandu to join more than 100 mountaineers celebrating the 20th anniversary of the British conquest of Mount Everest was Sir Edmund Hillary who, with the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first ever to reach the summit of that great and terrible mountain.
At Katmandu Sir Edmund had a few words to say about an Italian expedition that just had become the sixth and latest team to make it to the top of Everest. He was not complimentary. The Italian triumph, he said, had been "a very competent military operation, which had nothing to do with mountaineering."
The Italians had used 60 tons of equipment but that was not what irked Hillary most. They had used two helicopters as part of their impedimenta. "We should not regard this as a mountaineering expedition," Sir Edmund declared. "What it is, is taking a group of service people and getting them to work together on a difficult and challenging objective. It's more of a training program."
He hoped that in the future Everest "will be left to mountaineering parties composed of small groups of enthusiastic climbers."
The Italian response, from Guido Monzino, Milanese banker and leader of the expedition, was a shrug.
"You have to face the same difficulties whether you are a civilian or a military person," he said.