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Patient H.M. (2016) tells the origins of the lobotomy process, with an emphasis on an important character in the narrative, Henry Molaison (an amnesic) or, as is often called, Patient H.M. He travels back to when the lobotomy first became a successful mental illness therapy and learns how it has helped us to understand the brain.

Luke Dittrich is a contributing editor at Esquire who has received the National Magazine Award for his work. His first book, Patient H.M., won a PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2017. He is also the grandson of Dr William Scoville, the infamous neurosurgeon.
  • Neuroscientists
  • Readers who like to learn more about themselves
  • Anyone interested in the evolution of medicine