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NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • Now an incredible movie starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, not going tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made the most major clinical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that demanding situations the lifestyles of America’s favourite activity and places Omalu within the crosshairs of football’s strongest company: the NFL.
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the younger forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, whereas reporting a narrative for GQ that may pass directly to encourage the motion picture Concussion. Omalu instructed her a few day in September 2002, while, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that will rattle the USA in methods he’d by no means meant. Omalu was once new to the USA, chasing the dream, a deeply religious guy escaping the injuries of civil struggle in Nigeria. The physique at the slab in entrance of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a corridor of popularity middle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of many maximum ever to play the sport. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. towards the tip of his lifestyles, he used to be residing out of his van, tasering himself to alleviate his persistent soreness, and solving his rotting enamel with large Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu requested himself. How did a tender guy like Mike Webster turn out like this? the quest for solutions may switch Omalu’s existence ceaselessly and placed him within the crosshairs of 1 of the main strong organizations in the US: the nationwide soccer League. What Omalu chanced on in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s psychological deterioration used to be no coincidence yet a illness attributable to blows to the top that can impact all people enjoying the game—was the single fact the NFL desired to ignore.
Taut, gripping, and gorgeously advised, Concussion is the stirring tale of 1 not likely man’s selection to face as much as a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to inform the area the truth.
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“A gripping scientific secret and a blinding portrait of the younger scientist nobody desired to hearken to . . . a wonderful, crucial read.”—Rebecca Skloot, writer of The Immortal lifetime of Henrietta Lacks

“The tale of Dr. Bennet Omalu’s conflict opposed to the NFL is vintage David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas—one of my favourite writers on earth—makes it as interesting as any nice court or gridiron drama. A riveting, robust human tale—and a grasp type on how one can inform a story.”—Charles Duhigg, writer of The energy of Habit
“Bennet Omalu compelled soccer to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn’t wish you to listen to his tale, yet Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This publication is gripping, eye-opening, and whole of heart.”—Emily Bazelon, writer of Sticks and Stones

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They discovered a paper within the kitchen on which he had scribbled lyrics to the rustic track “Who I Ain’t. ” Seau’s famous person prestige made his mind the main coveted specimen but, and once Bailes heard the scoop, he urged that Bennet move get it and search for CTE. So Bennet referred to as Seau’s son and bought permission. He booked a flight to San Diego and he introduced a cooler. He assisted within the post-mortem, took the mind out, lower it, and positioned it in a jar of formalin, as traditional. yet there in that dank, windowless morgue, prior to he even took off his rubber gloves, the chaos all started. people have been calling the Seau kinfolk, telling them to not provide Omalu the mind. Nowinski used to be calling, announcing he sought after the mind. The Boston crew had, in spite of everything, been distinct the NFL’s professional mind financial institution. The Seau kinfolk used to be harassed. diverse teams sought after Junior’s mind? Who have been those humans? How does a grieving kin, nonetheless in surprise, even start to remember that? while that Nowinski used to be calling, the NFL was once calling the Seau relatives. although Boston was once the league’s distinctive mind financial institution, the NFL didn’t wish Seau’s mind to visit Boston. They have been bored stiff with Boston. by means of this time, Boston was once diagnosing CTE in brains with regularity, and with each one new analysis got here extra undesirable PR for the NFL. In a examine Boston commissioned, seventy-six of seventy-nine participant brains confirmed symptoms of CTE. The NFL desired to take the narrative again. they might commence with the Seau mind. The Seau relatives used to be harassed. 3 varied teams sought after Junior’s mind? Bennet stood within the San Diego morgue together with his gloves on and his open cooler. “If you please, the kinfolk acknowledged i may take the brain,” he acknowledged. “I’m sorry,” the chaplain for the clinical examiner’s workplace stated. He stated the Seau family members had simply known as to rescind its consent. “The mind goes to the NIH. ” “The NIH? ” Bennet acknowledged. The NIH? humans like Nowinski questioned. It was once the 1st time in this complete saga that folks had heard of the NIH expressing an curiosity in CTE learn. the place used to be this coming from? It used to be coming from the league’s new concussion committee—the workforce it shaped after it disbanded the deeply unsuitable MTBI committee. For its newly created Head, Neck, and backbone Committee, the NFL had selected a mind specialist to guide the examine: Dr. Russell Lonser, leader of surgical neurology on the NIH. So the NFL and the NIH have been now partnered. “I’m sorry, Dr. Omalu,” the chaplain stated, whereas Bennet pulled off his gloves. “But,” Bennet acknowledged, “I don’t imagine you need to provide this mind to the NFL. ” “The kinfolk has decided,” the chaplain stated, and he confirmed Bennet the door. on my own within the taxi, Bennet sat subsequent to his empty cooler and he broke down and wept. He might study later that the San Diego Chargers’ group health care provider had instructed the Seau family members that Bennet was once a fraud, that “his examine is undesirable and his ethics are undesirable. ” — presently after the NIH received the Seau mind, the NFL gave the NIH $30 million, the most important philanthropic present in league historical past. Goodell made the declaration an identical day the league kicked off the 2012 season.

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