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    I had no idea about this. Man who cannot form new memories dies at 82.

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    In 1953, he underwent an experimental brain operation in Hartford to correct a seizure disorder, only to emerge from it fundamentally and irreparably changed. He developed a syndrome neurologists call profound amnesia. He had lost the ability to form new memories.

    For the next 55 years, each time he met a friend, each time he ate a meal, each time he walked in the woods, it was as if for the first time.

    And for those five decades, he was recognized as the most important patient in the history of brain science. As a participant in hundreds of studies, he helped scientists understand the biology of learning, memory and physical dexterity, as well as the fragile nature of human identity.
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    eckhart tolle's ideal human being ... amazing story... sad and beautiful at once

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    For a video case see Clive Wearing in the BBC episode "The Mind":



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    Quote Originally Posted by LokiVanguard View Post
    For a video case see Clive Wearing in the BBC episode "The Mind":
    I saw a documentary on this guy ages ago. I felt most sorry for his wife, who had to help him out hour after hour, day after day. I don't know where she got the strength to keep doing that.

    ETA: just saw the video, seems that I've mixed up a couple of memories myself
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