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Alan Hubbard: How a punch on the nose prescribed by your doctor can banish the blues

Alan Hubbard: How a punch on the nose prescribed by your doctor can banish the blues

There was a time when boxing was a no-no among certain factions of the medical profession, not least the British Medical Association (BMA). Some British politicians, too, spearheaded by the late abolitionist Labour MP Dr Edith Summerskill. She tried relentlessly, and unsuccessfully, in the 1960s, to get a Bill through Parliament banning the noble art, which she considered notoriously ignoble.