Memory'S Ghost by Philip J. Hilts
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 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.


About Philip J. Hilts

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Published August 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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is now missing for Henry is the engine of memory which we use to catch the events of the world as they go by.'' Although Hilts notes that describing the mind's mysteries has been largely left to scientists who cannot express well what they know and to poets who can express well but know little, h...

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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.

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That is the conclusion of "Memory's Ghost," an ambitious study of memory centered around the story of "Mr. M.," a man who underwent brain surgery in 1953 in an effort to cure his epilepsy but wound up completely without the ability to remember anything.

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