The Week (US)

The Memory Thief


by Lauren Aguirre (Pegasus, $29)

A young man arrives at a hospital suffering amnesia, and a brain scan reveals a surprise. In her new book about the science of memory, said Barbara Gastel in, author Lauren Aguirre writes “clearly, concisely, and often cinematica­lly” about the discoverie­s sparked by that patient. The 22-yearold’s hippocampu­s was visibly damaged, and the neurologis­t who linked that oddity to opioid use has since identified a troubling syndrome that may unlock the mysteries of memory impairment.

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