Patient HM Online

I keep forgetting that audio recordings of Patient HM talking to scientists are online.

Brain Connection has a good overview of HM, and NPR discusses him in HM’s Brain and the History of Memory.

When twenty-seven year old Henry M. entered the hospital in 1953 for radical brain surgery that was supposed to cure his epilepsy, he was hopeful that the procedure would change his life for the better. Instead, it trapped him in a mental time warp where TV is always a new invention and Truman is forever president. The removal of large sections of his temporal lobes left Henry unable to form any new personal memories, but his tragic loss revolutionized the field of psychology and made “H.M.” the most-studied individual in the history of brain research.