The History of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

September 15, 2016

CTE was initially described in 1928, whenever Dr. Harrison Martland described several boxers as having “punch drunk syndrome.” Over the following 75 years, several scientists reported similar findings within boxers and victims associated with brain trauma, but less than 50 cases were verified. The name Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was initially used in the 60s and became the set up name. In 2005, a Pittsburgh pathologist called Bennet Omalu published the very first evidence of CTE within an American football player: Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster. CTE was affecting those who took considerable blows to the head, but was thought to be confined to boxers and other athletes. In the first case, football player Mike Webster, died from uncommon and unexplained behavior. In 2005 Omalu, along with colleagues within the Department of Pathology in the University of Pittsburgh, published findings in the journal Neurosurgery in the paper entitled “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy inside a National Football League Participant.”

 

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