Charcot has hand-picked you to face off against Europe’s most illustrious scientific minds in a battle of medical dexterity. Your opponents are as powerful as they are socially awkward, master diagnosticians who wield reflex hammers as if they were extensions of their very limbs.  You have always done well on standardized tests, but this will be the greatest challenge of your distinguished career.

With the eyes of world upon you, you will take turns examining patients with symptoms like weakness, numbness, and eye movement abnormalities. Find the source of these problems, and you will emerge triumphant from this Colosseum of neurological ailments.

Will you be the first to master the nervous system, find the most lesions, and become Charcot’s heir-apparent? Only then will you earn the greatest honor in the history of medicine: to have all future neurologic diseases bear your name.

The Lesion: Charcot’s Tournament is a strategy game based on real human neuroanatomy. Players map neurologic electrical pathways that sense the environment and tell our bodies what to do. Earn points by finding lesions where two or more pathways overlap. Earn even more points by finding a lesion in every part of a pathway.


By Zach London and Jim Burke.

Illustration and design by Nina Schwartz. 

Developed through a generous donation from the Jerry Isler Neuromuscular Fund.


Praise for The Lesion: 

"The idea of using neurologic pathways as the basis for a board game is brilliant. Every student of neurology should have this."
- Raman Malhotra, MD, Washington University

"The game begins with a hysterical letter written by Charcot. In that letter, he challenges Babniski to compete against Gowers, Korsakoff, and Alzheimer to inherit his legacy. Let the games begin!"
- Diana Barratt, MD, MPH, Florida International University

"A challenging strategy game, both educational and entertaining."
- Scott Vota, DO, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Neurologic localization is a fun and challenging endeavor in itself. Combining practicing that skill with the entertainment of a strategy board game is fantastic."
- Erica Schuyler, MD, University of Connecticut