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The Resource Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, Luke Dittrich

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

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Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets
Title
Patient H.M.
Title remainder
a story of memory, madness and family secrets
Statement of responsibility
Luke Dittrich
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Dittrich, Luke
Dewey number
616.85/232
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC394.A5
LC item number
D57 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • H. M
  • Scoville, William Beecher
  • H. M
  • Scoville, William Beecher
  • Amnesiacs
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory disorders
  • Frontal lobotomy
  • Brain
  • Memory disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Amnesiacs
  • Brain
  • Epilepsy
  • Frontal lobotomy
  • Memory disorders
  • United States
Label
Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, Luke Dittrich
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins. The fall ; Crumpled lead and rippled copper ; Dream jobs ; The bridge ; Arline -- Part II: Madness. Pomander walk ; Water, fire, electricity ; Melius anceps remedium quam nullum ; The broken ; Room 2200 ; Sunset Hill ; Experiment successful, but the patient died ; Unlimited access ; Ecphory ; The vacuum and the ice pick -- Part III: The hunt. It was brought into the sea ; Proust on the operating table ; Fortunate misfortunes ; Henry Gustave Molaison (1926-1953) -- Part IV: Discovery. Where angels fear to tread ; Monkeys and men ; Interpreting the stars ; The son-of-a-bitch center ; The MIT research project known as the amnesic patient H.M. -- Part V: Secret wars. Dewey defeats Truman ; A sweet, tractable man ; It is necessary to go to Niagara to see Niagara Falls ; Patient H.M. (1953-2008) ; The smell of bone dust ; Every day is alone in itself ; Postmortem
Control code
ocn932587790
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 440 pages
Isbn
9780812982527
Lccn
2015048638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812992731
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932587790
Label
Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, Luke Dittrich
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Origins. The fall ; Crumpled lead and rippled copper ; Dream jobs ; The bridge ; Arline -- Part II: Madness. Pomander walk ; Water, fire, electricity ; Melius anceps remedium quam nullum ; The broken ; Room 2200 ; Sunset Hill ; Experiment successful, but the patient died ; Unlimited access ; Ecphory ; The vacuum and the ice pick -- Part III: The hunt. It was brought into the sea ; Proust on the operating table ; Fortunate misfortunes ; Henry Gustave Molaison (1926-1953) -- Part IV: Discovery. Where angels fear to tread ; Monkeys and men ; Interpreting the stars ; The son-of-a-bitch center ; The MIT research project known as the amnesic patient H.M. -- Part V: Secret wars. Dewey defeats Truman ; A sweet, tractable man ; It is necessary to go to Niagara to see Niagara Falls ; Patient H.M. (1953-2008) ; The smell of bone dust ; Every day is alone in itself ; Postmortem
Control code
ocn932587790
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 440 pages
Isbn
9780812982527
Lccn
2015048638
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780812992731
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932587790

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