50 First Dates: the real deal

April 12, 2009

Henry Molaison was a normal kid. When he was 9, he was hit by someone on a bicycle and hit his head hard. That was in the 1930s when neuroscience had not yet advanced to where it could see deep into the human brain. In the 50s he underwent surgery that left him without long term memory.

“He was a very gracious man, very patient, always willing to try these tasks I would give him,” Dr. Milner, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University, said in a recent interview. “And yet every time I walked in the room, it was like we’d never met.”  An Unforgettable Amnesiac


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