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  • Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets | Luke Dittrich

    Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Luke Dittrich
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    In 1953, a 27-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison - who suffered from severe epilepsy - received a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy, targeting the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry's seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry was left profoundly amnesic, unable to create long-term memories. Over the next 60 years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience.

    Douglas says: "Fascinating!"
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