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Patient H.M.

A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

By Luke Dittrich
16-minute read
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Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich

Patient H. M. (2016) chronicles the history of the lobotomy procedure, focusing particularly on a famous figure in this story – an amnesic named Henry Molaison, or, as he is also known, Patient H.M. Journey back to when the lobotomy first became a popular treatment for mental illness and learn how it helped us better understand the brain.

  • Science geeks interested in neuroscience
  • Readers who want to better understand themselves
  • Anyone interested in the history of medicine

Luke Dittrich is a contributing editor at Esquire, where his writing has won him the National Magazine Award. His first book, Patient H.M., was awarded the 2017 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. He is also the grandson of infamous neurosurgeon, Dr. William Scoville.

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