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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
Title variation
Patient H. M
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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"--Provided by publisher
Summary
Explores the scientific, ethical, and human dimensions of the 1953 brain operation by William Beecher Scoville on an epileptic patient that transformed understandings of memory science and triggered profound legal and medical debates
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Writing style
Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, 2016.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10521877
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DNLM/DLC
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Dittrich, Luke
Dewey number
616.85/232
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • H. M
  • Scoville, William Beecher
  • Amnesia, Anterograde
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory Disorders
  • Memory, Long-Term
  • H. M
  • Scoville, William Beecher
Target audience
adult
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a story of memory, madness and family secrets
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Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, Luke Dittrich
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
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ocn932587790
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pages
Isbn
9780812992731
Lccn
2015048638
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)932587790
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Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, Luke Dittrich
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn932587790
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pages
Isbn
9780812992731
Lccn
2015048638
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)932587790

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