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

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

作者  /  Luke Dittrich

出版社 / Penguin Random House LLC

出版日期 / 2016/08/09

商品語言 / 英文

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定價 / NT$659

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如《海拉細胞的不死傳奇》般,探討醫學界經典案例--失憶症患者「病患H.M.」(Patient H.M.),以及人類腦科學秘密而黑暗的過去。


亨利.莫萊森(Henry Molaison),在世時以病患H.M.為人所知。他因為兒時的意外導致嚴重癲癇,1953年27歲時,決定接受當時仍在實驗階段的雙內側前顳葉切除術,切除左右腦的部分海馬迴組織。然而,術後的他,癲癇症狀非但沒有根除,還喪失了形成新記憶的能力。


作者為當年為病患H.M.執行手術的外科醫生威廉.畢雪.史可維爾(William Beecher Scoville)的外孫,他以此案例為出發點,追溯人類實施腦部手術的歷史,尤其指控於二十世紀前期,用於治療心理疾病的腦白質切斷術與電擊等療法。他的祖父作為傑出的外科醫生,為包括病患H.M.在內的上萬名病患執行手術,也無法免除道德爭議。 


For readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and The Hare with Amber Eyes comes a propulsive, haunting journey into the secret history of brain science by Luke Dittrich, whose grandfather performed the surgery that created the most studied human research subject of all time: the amnesic known as Patient H.M.

In the late 1930s, in asylums and hospitals across America, a group of renowned neurosurgeons embarked on a campaign to develop and refine a new class of brain operation—the lobotomy—that they hoped would eradicate everything from schizophrenia to homosexuality. These “psychosurgeons,” as they called themselves, occupied a gray zone between medical research and medical practice, and ended up subjecting untold numbers of people to the types of surgical experiments once limited to chimpanzees.

The most important test subject to emerge from this largely untold chapter in American history was a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison. In 1953, Henry—who suffered from severe epilepsy—received a radical new version of the lobotomy, one that targeted the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry’s seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry left the operating room profoundly amnesic, unable to create new long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today.

Luke Dittrich uses the case of Patient H.M. as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, one that moves from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT. He takes readers inside the old asylums and operating theaters where psychosurgeons conducted their human experiments, and behind the scenes of a bitter custody battle over the ownership of the most important brain in the world. Throughout, Dittrich delves into the enduring mysteries of the mind while exposing troubling stories of just how far we’ve gone in our pursuit of knowledge.
It is also, at times, a deeply personal journey. Dittrich’s grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison—and thousands of other patients. The author’s investigation into the dark roots of modern memory science ultimately forces him to confront unsettling secrets in his own family history, and to reveal the tragedy that fueled his grandfather’s relentless experimentation—experimentation that would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves.

Patient H.M. combines the best of biography, memoir, and science journalism to create a haunting, endlessly fascinating story, one that reveals the wondrous and devastating things that can happen when hubris, ambition, and human imperfection collide.


誠品26碼 /2681330557006
ISBN 13 /9780812992731
ISBN 10 /0812992733
EAN /9780812992731