March 01, 2017

Will Smith plays Nigerian doctor who discovered new disease

Will Smith plays Nigerian doctor who discovered new disease

Hollywood A-lister Will Smith’s new movie, Concussion, will make its debut on Christmas Day, 2015 and early buzz says it’s going to be a big one.

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But the news that should interest us the more is that it is about a Nigerian doctor, Bennet Omalu, whose discovery of a new disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE almost destroyed his career and left his life in danger.

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Omalu, a forensic pathologist, conducted the autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, which led to his discovery of a new disease that he named CTE something again to dementia pugilistica which boxers suffer from.

His publication of the sentinel case left him the target of attacks by the NFL and its doctors and it took years and other cases for the NFL to finally accept.

Will Smith brings the story of Omalu, who has 7 university degrees and who is currently the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, Calif. and a professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to the big screen.

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Read a very long interview with Omalu here

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