Henry Molaison gifted the scientific community with one of the most important brains the world has ever known.

Henry Molaison underwent an experimental lobotomy in 1953 that robbed him of his long-term memory – he was unable to recall any new memories after 20 seconds elapsed — but gifted the scientific community with one of the most important brains the world has ever known. After his loss, H.M., as he is known to generations of scientists and psychology students, agreed to participate in a wide range of clinical studies that have been responsible for radically improving our understanding of brain function and how it relates to memory.

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