Memory'S Ghost: The Nature Of Memory And The Strange Tale Of Mr. M

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In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.

Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few people to spend time with Henry, who is sequestered in a hospital -- draws on Henry's bizarre situation as well ...

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Overview

In an experiment that occurred some forty years ago, Henry M.'s memory was stolen from him during a highly controversial operation performed to cure his epilepsy. Henry has lived in the immediate present ever since, unable to connect a past moment with the next, incapable of retaining or recalling any physical or emotional experience.

Philip J. Hilts -- one of the few people to spend time with Henry, who is sequestered in a hospital -- draws on Henry's bizarre situation as well as current cutting-edge research into the functions of the brain in a revealing investigation of
-- How an individual's memory is constructed
-- When and why memory fails
-- The efficacy of mnemonic devices
-- The validity of "recovered" memories

Part poetic reflection and philosophical meditation, part popular science and investigative journalism, Memory's Ghost is an unforgettable journey into the mysteries of the human mind.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
New York Times reporter Hilts centers his musings on memory around Henry M., a victim of disastrous experimental surgery which robbed him of his ability to remember. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684823560
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/2/1996
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 963,231
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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