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Permanent present tense : the unforgettable life of the amnesic patient, H.M. / Suzanne Corkin.

Author/creator Corkin, Suzanne
Format Electronic and Book
EditionFirst Edition
Publication InfoNew York : Basic Books, [2013].
Descriptionxix, 364 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Abstract "Permanent Present Tense tells the incredible story of Henry Gustave Molaison, known only as H. M. until his death in 2008. In 1953, at the age of twenty-seven, Molaison underwent a dangerous "psychosurgical" procedure intended to alleviate his debilitating epilepsy. The surgery went horribly wrong, and when Molaison awoke he was unable to store new experiences. For the rest of his life, he would be trapped in the moment. But Molaison's tragedy would prove a gift to humanity. The amazing specificity of his impairment shed new light on the functions and structures of the human brain, revolutionizing neuroscience. Today, the case of H. M. stands as one of the most consequential and widely referenced in this fast-expanding field. Renowned neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin worked with Molaison for nearly five decades. In Permanent Present Tense, she tells the full story of his life and legacy, leading her reader to the cutting edge of neuroscience with great clarity, sensitivity, and grace. "-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "Permanent Present Tense is the incredible story of H.M., a brain-damaged amnesic whose case dramatically expanded the frontiers of neuroscience. H.M.'s true identity was only made public following his death in December 2008, and now neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin, who worked closely with H.M for nearly fifty years, tells the full story of his life and legacy--a story that encompasses many of the recent breakthroughs in the study of the brain, and which vividly reveals the neurological processes that make us human. The case of H.M.--whose real name was Henry Gustav Molaison--is one of the most frequently cited in neuroscience literature, but little has been written about Molaison himself until now. Corkin spent nearly five decades closely studying Molaison, and came to serve as his protector and even a friend of sorts, although Molaison himself could never remember her from one encounter to the next. In telling Molaison's remarkable story, Corkin aims to both eulogize the man as she knew him--intelligent, patient, and remarkably good-humored--and also to explain how his individual case advanced the science of learning and memory"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 321-350) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2013002391
ISBN9780465031597 (hardback)

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