Was Neuroscience's Most Famous Amnesiac, "HM", A Victim of Medical Error?

According to a new paper, one of neuroscience’s most famous case-studies came about as a result of a serious medical blunder.

Henry Molaison (1926 – 2008), better known as HM, was an American man who developed a dramatic form of amnesia after receiving surgery that removed part of the temporal lobes of his brain. The 1953 operation was intended to treat HM’s epilepsy, but it had the side effect of leaving him unable to form new memories.

The consequences of HM’s surgery are well known

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