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Author Dittrich, Luke, author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Random House, [2016]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Bourbonnais PL Adult Non Fiction - BDBB-2  616.8523 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Bradley PL Adult Non-Fiction - BRBB-2  SCIENCE BIOGRAPHY Molaison    AVAILABLE
 Cherry Valley PLD Adult Non-Fiction - CHVY-11  616.8523 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Colona District PL Stacks - CLNG-7  616.85 DIT    AVAILABLE
 DeKalb PL Adult Non-Fiction - DKLY-12  616.85232 DIT    AVAILABLE
 East Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - EMPG-6  616.8523 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Ella Johnson Memorial PL Stacks - EJMY-11  616.85 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Freeport PL Adult Non-Fiction - FPLY-13  616.85232 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Homer Twp PL - Main Adult Non-Fiction - HDBB-1  616.85 DIT    AVAILABLE
 Manhattan-Elwood PL Adult Non Fiction - MTBB-2  616.85232 DIT    AVAILABLE

Description xv, 440 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes index.
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.
Summary "In the late 1930s, in asylums and hospitals across America, a group of renowned neurosurgeons worked to develop and refine a new class of brain operation--the lobotomy--that they hoped would eradicate everything from schizophrenia to homosexuality ... The most important test subject to emerge from this largely untold chapter was a 27-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison...Journalist Luke Dittrich uses his case as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT...It is also, at times, a deeply personal journey: Dittrich's grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison--and thousands of other patients..."--From dust jacket.
Subject H. M., 1926-2008.
Scoville, William Beecher, 1906-1984.
Amnesiacs -- Biography.
Epilepsy -- Surgery -- United States -- History.
Memory disorders -- Patients.
Amnesia, Anterograde.
Epilepsy -- surgery.
Memory Disorders.
Memory, Long-Term.
Genre/Form Biography.
ISBN 9780812992731 (hardback)
0812992733 (hardback)

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