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UPMC: Concussion Scandal Ground Zero — the second title in the Concussion Inc. ebook shorts series — has been published on Amazon Kindle and other platforms.

UPMC is author Irvin Muchnick’s 7,000-word investigation of the role in the sports concussion crisis of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its doctors, principally Joseph Maroon, whose many hats include team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and medical director of World Wrestling Entertainment. The book chronicles how UPMC’s Sports Concussion Program, launched in 2000, led to the development by Maroon and colleagues of the for-profit ImPACT Applications concussion management software company, whose research was underwritten by National Institutes of Health grants. In the era of “concussion awareness” promoted by the National Football League, ImPACT is marketed aggressively to high school and youth programs despite serious questions about its effectiveness.

UPMC: Concussion Scandal Ground Zero is available for $1.49 on Amazon Kindle at

Readers without Kindle access can order a plain PDF file by remitting $1.49 to

DUERSON, the first title in the Concussion Inc. ebook series — featuring explosive new information on the February 2011 suicide of retired NFL star Dave Duerson, which was published in November — also is available at Amazon or direct from the author for $1.49.

The third Concussion Inc. ebook, George Visger’s OUT OF MY HEAD: My Life In and Out of Football, will be published in early February — Super Bowl week. The price will be $2.99. Preorders can be sent to

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