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Patient H.M. - A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Luke Dittrich

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"Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King"* in this propulsive, haunting journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M. For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks comes a story that has much to teach us about our relentless pursuit of knowledge. Winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • New York Post • NPR • The Economist • New York • Wired • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage In 1953, a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison-who suffered from severe epilepsy-received a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy, targeting the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry's seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry was left profoundly amnesic, unable to create long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today. Patient H.M. is, at times, a deeply personal journey. Dittrich's grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison-and thousands of other patients. The author's investigation into the dark roots of modern memory science ultimately forces him to confront unsettling secrets in his own family history, and to reveal the tragedy that fueled his grandfather's relentless experimentation-experimentation that would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves. Dittrich uses the case of Patient H.M. as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, one that moves from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT. He takes readers inside the old asylums and operating theaters where psychosurgeons, as they called themselves, conducted their human experiments, and behind the scenes of a bitter custody battle over the owner

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

14h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:21


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:16


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:44


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:34


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:27


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:27


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:40


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:00


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:29


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:38


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:33


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:42


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:45


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:43


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:32


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:36


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:49


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:38


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:05


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:45


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:25


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:26


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:28


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:32


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:33


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:05


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:38


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:43


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:27


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:58


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:17


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:49


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:25


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:19


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:14


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:45


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:48


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:24


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:41


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:31


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

00:35