Monday, December 8, 2008

H. M., an Unforgettable Amnesiac

H. M., an Unforgettable Amnesiac, Dies at 82: "In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed a syndrome neurologists call profound amnesia. He had lost the ability to form new memories.

For the next 55 years, each time he met a friend, each time he ate a meal, each time he walked in the woods, it was as if for the first time."