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Unwilling to disappoint his father, Omalu entered medical school at age 16, with an eye toward going to America. Med school revealed to him that he was uncomfortable with caring for living patients so, by the time he emigrated, he’d shifted his focus to a career in research. Later, he reached for a fellowship in pathology.

His first autopsy was unsettling, he says, until he recognized the humanity of the remains before him. As he does even today, he asked the deceased to help him understand.

And then he met Mike Webster…

So you’ve seen the movie, Concussion. You may’ve even read the book. So why read this one, written by the guy the other book and film are about?

If you’ve always felt that the book is better than the movie, you know why: in “Truth Doesn’t Have a Side,” author Omalu (with Tabb) offers his own tale, first-hand, with a different focus. Omalu tells readers more about himself, explaining how faith protects and drives him, and laying his success at God’s feet. This, along with his detailed story, gives a clearer picture of the man who confronted the NFL.

And that’s where the second half of this book takes you: to Omalu’s discovery, uncovery, his opinions and conclusions, and his battle for recognition, both in findings and out.

(“Truth Doesn’t Have a Side” by Dr. Bennet Omalu (with Mark Tabb), c.2017, Zondervan, $24.99/304 pages)

 

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