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Research Christmas 2008: Music

Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2825 (Published 18 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2825

Beware of Heavy Metal Music

Heavy metal music, a counter-culture witches’ brew of cacophony, stimulants,
hallucinogens, and neck gyrations, creates the euphoria of oblivion, wisdom,
and freedom, and the sickness of deafness, confusion, and whiplash. The
euphoria of oblivion, wisdom, and freedom, and the sickness of deafness,
confusion, and whiplash are polar opposites, which reinforce each other: the
euphoria blinds you to the sickness; and the sickness makes you crave the
euphoria. Ironically, heavy metal music creates and aggravates the very
sickness it seems to cure.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA