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The brain on the table once belonged to a pro football player. It’s also much bigger than average, so it may have been the brain of a very big man—perhaps he played lineman. Those are the only things I know about it before Ann McKee starts cutting it into pieces.

Several minutes later something else is becoming clear: this brain is pretty messed up.

“I think this guy had CTE,” says McKee, a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine and director of neuropathology for the New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers. She and her colleagues will ultimately examine the brain’s tissue down to the microscopic level to determine for sure whether it was afflicted with the progressive neurodegenerative disorder called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. But she can already see telltale patterns of atrophy, or shrinkage of the delicate tissue in several areas.

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See also: The Hard-hitting Truths of Football Culture | Bioethics Bulletin

 

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