Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich is one of the most fascinating and terrifying books I’ve ever read. It delves into the gray area of gray matter, describing the horrifying truth behind how society has treated mental patients. This includes giving lobotomies to thousands of patients without their consent for decades.
Patient H.M. is both a personal odyssey and a cautionary tale, as well as deeply researched piece of scientific journalism. Kudos to Dittrich, whose writing abilities and attention to detail illuminate this tragic chapter in our medical history.