Steven Shapin writes about Henry Gustav Molaison, “arguably the single most important patient ever studied in neuropsychology,” and a new book by the neuroscientist most intimately involved in his case: http://nyr.kr/15EB8l8
“Almost everyone was a stranger to Molaison, and all social interactions were brief encounters—in the moment, without a past and never to have a future. It’s a circumstance that one can imagine as a source of constant terror—Who is the stranger in my room? Where am I?—but Molaison coped with it by adopting a genial manner, always eager to please, ‘as if everyone were an old friend.’”
Photograph courtesy of Suzanne Corkin.