Unknown White MaleBMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7545.859 (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:859
- Piyal Sen, consultant forensic psychiatrist
- Priory/Blenheim Secure Services, Chadwick Lodge, Milton Keynes
Ayoung British man wakes up on a subway train in New York City to realise that he has lost all memory of the past. He is a man without an identity. What follows is his search to rediscover himself. The chance discovery of a telephone number on his person leads him to a friend. He is thus able to find out about his home, job, friends, and family.
Doctors investigate his condition and find a pituitary tumour. The tumour is taken out but this does not improve his memory. His procedural memory is completely preserved. What he has lost is semantic memory, memory …
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