Posted by: Tony Carson | 4 December, 2009

The most famous brain of all time … can’t remember anything.

The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail.

The man, Henry Molaison — known during his lifetime only as H.M., to protect his privacy — lost the ability to form new memories after a brain operation in 1953, and over the next half century he became the most studied patient in brain science.

A fascinating article in the NY Times, Dissection Begins on Famous Brain


  1. I remember a movie starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler – I didn’t realize it can actually happen until I read about HM brain condition. Anyways, that must have been very hard for HM – to lose his long term memory. I hope he was well taken cared of when he was alive.

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