Patient HM died today. The NYT has a nice summary of his life and contribution to science. Sad story, but so fascinating. I think the best “Neuro is weird” tale is of Phineas Gage, the railway worker who ended up with a spike through his head — and lived.
In totally unrelated news, I am pretty sure that there is a poltergeist or goblin hanging out in the second-year lecture hall. Every day, the audiovisual equipment breaks down. The best was during our psychiatry exam: we were supposed to do a write-up on a videotaped patient interview, but the video was at first inaudible. The write-up would have been very short: “Patient mumbles for half an hour. Diagnosis: speech disorder not otherwise specified.” Sweet.
(But then they got the sound working, and we had to actually pay attention.)