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A marvelous neurological biography full of medicine, history and human pathos! Amazingly good! I have read a lot in this field and this is truly a great book.
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Patient H.M., aside from Phineas Gage, is probably one of the most well known figures we learned about in my graduate neuroscience classes. His contribution to our understanding of memory cannot be emphasized enough. Although we spent a great deal of time in my graduate classes learning about what he contributed to science, he was still alive at the time and therefore we learned nothing about who he was as a person. This book fills in those gaps and gives us a glimpse into Henry as a human being. What's all the more unique is that the author is the grandson of the surgeon that performed Henry's life changing (and quite frankly horrific) operation. It was shocking to read about some of the things neurosurgeons were doing in those days without the slightest bit of evidence that their surgeries were beneficial. Although some aspects of the author's personal life could have been left out (the author's path to journalism and the birth of his daughter, for example) I found his Grandmother's story interesting and it tied in well to Patient H.M.'s story. The story does also jump around a bit within and between chapters, so it was slightly confusing at times, but overall I enjoyed this book.