Concussion

Concussion

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
3
1
Rate this:
In 2002 forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu picked up a scalpel in a Pittsburgh morgue and made a discovery that would rattle America. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka "Iron Mike," a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. The search for answers put Omalu in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. Iron Mike's mental deterioration caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game-- the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.
The unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America's favorite sport and puts him in the crosshairs of football's most powerful corporation: the NFL.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
ISBN: 9780812989267
0812989260
9780812987577
0812987578
9780812998085
Branch Call Number: 617.1 LASKAS
Characteristics: 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

t
tj_is_cool
Sep 15, 2016

Watchable. Good start poor ending.

KCLSHope Apr 07, 2016

A totally fascinating and infuriating read.

a
AndrewRossLibrary
Jan 08, 2016

A must read. The hidden story behind the scenes finally goes mainstream to the public after 20 years of denial. This is a story that will only continue in controversy.

Summary

Add a Summary

t
tlcrunner9
Dec 10, 2015

While this is not a book about football, I have to admit that I love football and the involvement of the NFL is certainly something that interested me about this story. What I quickly discovered is that I became much more interested in Dr. Omalu's journey from Nigeria to the United States, his subsequent experience with racism (a previously foreign concept) in America, and the way in which these experiences would influence and drive his research and contribution to the medical community.

The author spent a considerable amount of time with Dr. Omalu and his family and she paints a delicate, yet soberingly truthful, picture of Omalu's background; this is the information that really sets the stage for his ultimate struggle to be heard by his peers and break through the corrupt politics of corporate giants. While I do agree with some critics that this is not the whole story and that much of this material was covered in League of Denial, I do think that it is Dr. Omalu's story and that it has merit; there are definitely some unanswered questions, as there should be, and I think that adequately reflects Omalu's personal experience in all of this.

I can honestly say that I'll never watch football the same again (or boxing, either, for that matter); I also listen to Roger Goodell's (Commissioner of the NFL) little speeches on what the league is doing to assist in concussion prevention and research with a higher-than-healthy dose of skepticism after reading this book. I did not have this same reaction after reading sections of League of Denial; I felt much more invested in this story, which is why I think it is such a great read for even those who have no interest in the sports side of this investigation.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SMPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top