Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

↽ Today Show ඖ Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets  ⣰ By Luke Dittrich ⤣ ↽ Today Show ඖ Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets ⣰ By Luke Dittrich ⤣ An exciting, artful blend of family and medical history.The New York TimesIn prose both elegant and intimate, and often thrilling, Patient H.M is an important book about the wages not of sin but of science It is deeply reported and surprisingly emotional, at times poignant, at others shocking A scintillating book, infused with humanity.The Washington Post Spellbinding The fact that Dittrich looks critically at the actual process of scientific investigation is just one of the things to admire about Patient H.M.The New York Times Book Review Astonishingly insightful A fascinating story in its own right to anyone interested in the history of modern sciences attempts to understand the causes of mental illness along with the many botched attempts to treat it Patient H.M is indeed about memory, madness, and family secrets and, in that sense, about the paths that shape the core of the self, in each and every one of us.Psychology TodayBeautifully told a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloots The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives.Associated Press Dittrichs account raises entirely new questions about the way in which the research onH.M.was conductedand about the conclusions that have long been incorporated into our understanding of memory.New York Magazine Remarkable.WiredOliver Sacks meets Stephen King in a piercing study of one of psychiatric medicines darker hours A mesmerizing, maddening story and a model of journalistic investigation.Kirkus Reviews starred review At the heart of this breathtaking work is Luke Dittrichs story of his complicated grandfather, his mentally ill grandmother, and a long held family secret, with Molaison stranded where the past and the future were nothing but indistinct blurs.Publishers Weekly, starred review The machinations of scientists and researcherstheir personality and ambition, power and hubrisare of equally vital and cautionary importance in Dittrichs unusual and compelling mix of science and family history.Booklist, starred reviewPatient H.M tells one of the most fascinating and disturbing stories in the annals of medicine, weaving in ethics, philosophy, a personal saga, the history of neurosurgery, the mysteries of human memory, and an exploration of human ego A monumental contribution to our understanding of medical research, and of ourselves, Patient H.M is sweeping, meticulous, and seamlesswith an ending that, like the best of scientific investigations, challenges everything that came before it.Sheri Fink, M.D., Pulitzer Prize winner and author ofFive Days at Memorial In Patient H.M., Luke Dittrich explores the limits of science and the mind In the process, he rescues an iconic life from oblivion Dittrich is well aware that while we are the sum of what we may remember, were also at the mercy of what we can forget This is classic reporting and myth making at the same time.Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin Luke Dittrich has achieved something remarkable in Patient H.M This book succeeds on every level as a fresh look at the most famous patient in medical history, as an expos of our dark history of psychiatry and neurosurgery, and, most powerfully, as a deeply personal investigation into the authors past And yet its still a page turner that reads like a thriller It deserves a spot next to the great medical histories The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Ghost Map, and The Emperor of All Maladies.Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire It felt as if I read this book in one breath Patient H.M is a fascinating, powerful investigation, a matryoshka doll of nested stories about the past and present, remembering and forgetting Luke Dittrichs quest to understand the amnesic patient who taught the world so much about memory leads him to the shoals of his own family tragedy and an ending that will break your heart But its his beautiful unfolding of the story, the art of his sentences and reportage, that youll never forget.Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling RoomLuke Dittrich is a National Magazine Awardwinning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire This is his first book. 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    • Hardcover
    • B01208O00K
    • Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
    • Luke Dittrich
    • English
    • 14 February 2017
    • 435 pages

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