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Memory'S Ghost: The Nature Of Memory And The Strange Tale Of Mr. M
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.
Philip J. Hilts
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
August 1, 1996