Luke Dittrich


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Luke Dittrich is a National Magazine Award–winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire. He is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Esquire.

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Patient H.M.: A Story of Me...

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3.83 avg rating — 4,546 ratings — published 2016 — 19 editions
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“Maybe the human brain is an object beyond the reach of metaphor, for the simple reason that it is the only object capable of creating metaphors to describe itself. There really is nothing else like it. The human brain creates the human mind, and then the human mind tries to underhand the human brain, however long it takes and whatever the cost.”
Luke Dittrich, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

“The broken illuminate the unbroken.”
Luke Dittrich, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

“My grandfather, like most lobotomists, performed a disproportionate number of psychosurgeries on women. This discrepancy never received a satisfactory explanation, but it seems worth pointing out that the known clinical effects of lobotomy—including tractability, passivity, and docility—overlapped nicely with what many men of the time considered to be ideal feminine traits.”
Luke Dittrich, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

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