Patient HM, The Man Behind the Brain

‘In 1953 Dr William Beecher Scoville removed the hippocampii from Henry Molaison’s brain and left us with this artefact — which sort of makes archaeologists of us all — this artefact, Patient H.M.’

On 28th August, Analogue came together with leading figures from the neuroscience world to discuss the man behind the brain. Among the panelists were two neuroscientists who met Henry in his lifetime: Professor Richard Morris from the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh and Dr Jacopo Annese, the man who dissected HM’s brain in 2009, who joined us live from The Brain Observatory in San Diego.

It was a rare and exciting opportunity to ask experts at the cutting edge of their field more about HM’s story, to find out what we are learning from exploring the 2401 slices, and to explore what impact it might hold for our understanding of memory and the brain.

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