All Aberdeen Reads Brings Concussion Author Jean Marie Laskas Alexander Mitchell Library
On October 6 at 7p.m., Aberdeen welcomes accomplished writer and journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion, to the Aberdeen Community Theatre, 417 South Main Street in downtown Aberdeen.
This ground-breaking book is about the life story of Nigerian forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet-Omalu, who moves to Philadelphia and subsequently reveals a massive cover-up operation lead by the National Football League (NFL) to underplay or deny the serious effects of concussion on players. While performing an autopsy on a former NFL player, Omalu discovered brain deterioration similar to that found in Alzheimer patients. Omalu published his findings in a medical journal, seeking to raise public awareness of the dangers of football-related head injuries. As the title clearly suggests, the book covers the topic of concussions and, more importantly, the new and rising discussion of “sub-concussions.” Concussion is part of the Alexander Mitchell Library’s program All Aberdeen Reads, which originated as an opportunity for the community to come together and discuss important issues. Lara Romeo, Community Services and Assistant Director at the Alexander Mitchell Library, says that, “Our motivation for All Aberdeen Reads is to provide an opportunity to come together and discuss issues relevant to our community.” Before the October 6 discussion, there will be a meet and greet with Laskas in the Aberdeen Community Theatre lobby from 5-6p.m. This event is open to the public. Tickets are free and necessary to attend the event and are available at the Alexander Mitchell Library, 519 S. Kline Street.