Seriously, had mushrooms for lunch and totally regretting it right now. About 25 minutes after finishing off the last fungus, it just happened that BC came across the Dave Duerson brain dissection video that The Guardian has uploaded for the world to see. Dave was serious about this brain research stuff, going as far as texting his wife “Please, see that my brain is given to the N.F.L.’s brain bank.” Well, Dave, it happened. And here is the video.
McKee begins her examination of the unidentified football star’s brain by turning it in her surgically gloved hands with the tender concentration of a fruit-lover inspecting a pineapple. “It’s too small for an adult male’s brain,” she says. “There’s shrinkage pretty much throughout the brain.”
Using a long knife, she cuts the organ sideways – from ear to ear, as it were – so that the front half is separated from the back. The sliced surface glistens under the morgue’s neon lighting.
The dissection reveals three huge holes in the brain – one large triangle right in the centre of the brain, and two ovals parallel to each other at the base. It is apparent that McKee, who has studied more athletes’ brains than probably any other person, is shocked by what she sees.
As Duerson suspected, the doctor found serious brain injuries and the likelihood that the “brain at the end-stage of disease.”
For those of you who want to see the video, go here. And those of you who don’t, we recommend the photos so you can go at your own pace.