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Patient H.M: a story of memory, madness, and family secrets

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"In the summer of 1953, a renowned Yale neurosurgeon named William Beecher Scoville performed a novel operation on a 27-year-old epileptic patient named Henry Molaison, drilling two silver-dollar sized holes in his forehead and suctioning out a few teaspoons of tissue from a mysterious region deep inside his brain. The operation helped control Molaison's intractable seizures, but it also did something else: It left Molaison amnesic for the rest of his life, with a short term memory of just thirty seconds. Patient H.M., as he came to be known, would emerge as the most important human research subject in history. Much of what we now know about how memory works is a direct result of the sixty years of near-constant experimentation carried out upon him until his death in 2008. Award-winning journalist Luke Dittrich brings readers from the gleaming laboratory in San Diego where Molaison's disembodied brain -- now the focus of intense scrutiny -- sits today; to the surgical suites of the 1940s and 50s, where doctors wielded the powers of gods; and into the examination rooms where generations of researchers performed endless experiments on a single, essential, oblivious man: H.M.. In the process, Dittrich excavates the lives of Dr. Scoville and his most famous patient, and spins their tales together in thrilling, kaleidoscopic fashion, uncovering troves of well-guarded secrets, and revealing how the bright future of modern neuroscience has dark roots in the forgotten history of psychosurgery, raising ethical questions that echo into the present day"--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facetAmnesia
Amnesiacs -- Biography
Biographies
Epilepsy -- Surgery -- United States -- History
H. M., -- 1926-2008
Memory disorders
Memory disorders -- Patients
Neurosurgeons -- United States -- Biography
Scoville, William Beecher, -- 1906-1984
title_displayPatient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets
title_fullPatient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets / Luke Dittrich
Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
Patient H.M. [sound recording] : a story of memory, madness, and family secrets / Luke Dittrich
title_shortPatient H.M
title_suba story of memory, madness, and family secrets
topic_facetAmnesia
Amnesiacs
Epilepsy
H. M
History
Medical
Memory disorders
Neurosurgeons
Nonfiction
Patients
Science
Scoville, William Beecher
Surgery