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

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

Luke Dittrich

11.7.2017

Luke Dittrich

Luke Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Now, in his first book, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, he explores the scientific, ethical and, above all, human dimensions of one of the most important stories in the history of medicine.

Luke Dittrich is the author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets,” the story of Henry Molaison, who lost the ability to create memories after he underwent a lobotomy to treat his seizures. His case taught scientists a lot about how the brain creates and stores memories. The case was one of personal tragedy for Molaison, but a boon for the modern landscape of medicine and science.

Dittrich is the grandson of William Scoville, the doctor who performed Patient H.M.'s lobotomy. Additionally, Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire.