The Economist reviews a new book which examines the grim history of neuroscience and psychosurgery through the story of “Patient H.M.” In the “Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” Luke Dittrich “shows something of the man behind the acronym: Henry Molaison. He dispels the myth that Molaison existed in a sort of nirvana, serenely content in the present. He suffered, and he was manipulated by scientists.”
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