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  •  ok, I have to respond to this (2+ / 0-)
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    DocChap, WakeUpNeo

    ...  be careful you don't veer into CT territory. It never ends well.

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 08:06:49 AM PDT

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    •  "CT" can be defined by arguments that lack (1+ / 0-)
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      evidence or that misrepresent evidence.

      The evidence here contrasts two quotes. The first is Mitt Romney's story in 2006/2007 from his authorized, fully assisted biography:

      Romney's injuries appeared so severe that a police officer who responded to the scene made a grave notation in the young man's passport: "Il est mort"--"He is dead." In fact, Romney was unconscious in a coma for 3 days. One passenger died. Romney recovered quickly and without surgery.

      Source: The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman, p. 80-83

      And then the alternative, the same-day eye witness description, using Romney's own description of his injuries and backed by a photograph of him in a standard ward bed:

      Willard (Mitt) Romney, 21, son of Gov. George Romney of Michigan, who was serving a mission in France and who was driving the car, suffered minor head injuries and torn ligaments to one elbow. He was expected to leave the hospital in about two days.
      Source: Wife of French Mission President Die in Crash, Ogden Standard-Examiner, evening of Monday, 17 June 1968.

      Thanks for the heart felt concern as to our foray into "CT" error. That way is a veritable briar patch.

      •  Bear in mind (pun?) our understanding of TBI (1+ / 0-)
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        has changed dramatically in very recent years. As another article on Romney's crash notes, for instance, in 1968 they had no advanced scanning tools (CT; MRI; PET; etc.) such as are available today to help assess the extent of initial physical damage, beyond whether or not the skull was fractured. Basically, if you eventually woke up and could walk and talk, you were thought to be "good to go."

        (Much like the way many sports figures are still incorrectly and dangerously deemed to be "okay" and are sent back into the same game after a concussion.)

        Hence, the term "mild head injuries" might have been used in a comparative sense based on observable physical appearance and probably does not tell the whole story.

        Also, even today, head scans may show negative results even in patients who develop sometimes serious and long lasting signs and symptoms of brain injury, such as may be determined by thorough neuropsychological testing (even in the absence of obvious physical damage).

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