Coming to a Cinema Near You…
…the story of the pathologist who rattled the US sporting world
Fedra Pavlou |
We’ve made it one of our missions to highlight and tackle (pun intended) the low public perception of pathology, the damaging consequences of poor awareness (or complete lack thereof), and the urgent need for positive promotion of the field. So when I learned of a new movie that features Hollywood A-lister Will Smith as a pathologist, I thought: Bingo!
The story of Bennet Omalu, a man who battled against the odds in a quest for a diagnostic breakthrough, clearly caught the eye of the film star. What were those “odds”? Well, just the might of the most powerful and lucrative sports league in the world. The untimely death of 50-year-old, former National Football League (NFL) player Mike Webster – and the autopsy performed by Omalu – led to the discovery of a new condition: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which he linked directly to the trauma induced by the sport. Not a typical day in the office; the autopsy changed the course of Omalu’s life.
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