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Joanna Schaffhausen

The Day His World Stood Still: The Strange Story of “H.M.”

When twenty-seven year old Henry M. entered the hospital in 1953 for radical brain surgery that was supposed to cure his epilepsy, he was hopeful that the procedure would change his life for the better. Instead, it trapped him in… Continue Reading →

Is It Just Me, Or Is It Scary In Here? An Insider’s View On Anxiety Disorders

Fear is normally a healthy emotion that helps keep us from danger, but for some people it becomes an unmanageable force that consumes their every waking hour. I know because it happened to me when I was fourteen and suffered… Continue Reading →

Embryological Development

In the Beginning All human beings begin life as a fertilized egg, called a zygote, which is a single cell about one-fifth the size of the period at the end of this sentence. By adulthood, the human body has grown… Continue Reading →

Gone But Not Forgotten? The Mystery Behind Infant Memories

What is your earliest memory? A frightening fall down the stairs? Blowing out candles on your third birthday? Or perhaps it is a trip to the hospital to visit a newborn sibling? Whatever the content, it is probably short and… Continue Reading →

The Strange Tale of Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage began the day of September 13, 1848 as a man remarkable only to those who knew him personally. He worked as the foreman of a railway construction gang in Vermont, where his group was preparing the bed for… Continue Reading →

The Sleeping Brain

We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep, and most people treat it as a highly enjoyable activity. We speak gleefully of “sleeping in on Sunday,” and parents of newborn infants often talk of sleep the way a man lost in… Continue Reading →

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