Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesiac Patient, H.M.

Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesiac Patient, H.M.

by Suzanne Corkin, Pam Ward
     
 
Permanent Present Tense tells the incredible story of Henry Gustav 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

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Permanent Present Tense tells the incredible story of Henry Gustav 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.

Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
“The definitive story of Molaison. Ms. Corkin’s narrative is rich with tales of his life. . . . Her metaphors are delicious.”
The Wall Street Journal

The Nation
“It is a scientifically exciting and personally moving portrait of a man whose life and brain ended up being devoted to the science of memory.”
The Nation

From the Publisher
“The definitive story of Molaison. Ms. Corkin’s narrative is rich with tales of his life. . . . Her metaphors are delicious.”
The Wall Street Journal

“It is a scientifically exciting and personally moving portrait of a man whose life and brain ended up being devoted to the science of memory.”
The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611749540
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged; 11.75 hours
Pages:
795
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Steven Pinker
“A fascinating account of perhaps the most important case study in the history of neuroscience, rich with implications for our understanding of the brain, our experience, and what it means to be human.”
—Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology and author of How the Mind Works

Meet the Author

RD has had many incarnations but she found her true calling reading books for the Library of Congress program, Talking Books. She has won both the Alexander Scourby Award and Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine. She now records commercial audiobooks and performs with various theaters.

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