“Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football” by Merril Hoge and Peter Cummings, MD
Football (American), injuries, politics
Publish date:October 22, 2018
Rating:4 of 5 stars (very good)
Review:Even if one is not a football fan, that person will probably have heard about the deaths, some by suicide, of former football players who were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Because of the studies that have been published about links between the collisions in football, concussions and CTE, some are concerned about the safety of the game, especially at the youth level. This book by Merril Hoge, a former NFL player and analyst, and Dr. Peter Cummings, a board-certified neuropathologist, provides a different perspective on the issue.
Those, however, don’t overshadow the excellent research and narrative that the book truly provides, namely that there are flaws in not only the science, but the presentation of the results of that science. It was interesting to read Dr. Cummings’ views on some of the findings and also his opinion on how some of the more famous deaths of football players such as Junior Seau and Aaron Hernandez were most likely NOT caused by CTE. This is an excellent counterpoint to the news in the media now and offers a balanced viewpoint.