January 24, 2014 |
One day, David Stuart MacLean forgot who he was. "It was darkness darkness darkness, then snap. Me. Now awake. " He was a blank slate, standing in a bustling train station in India. Things went downhill from there. From these dark days, MacLean has created a deeply moving account of amnesia that explores the quandary of the self. The book's short, episodic sections are particularly well suited to evoking the hellish psychosis MacLean endures after "waking up. " These disorienting snippets of experience offer little reflection, context or connective tissue.
February 6, 2000 |
Mary Joyce Howard, lost for two years as an amnesia victim living in an Oklahoma nursing home as Jane Doe, was reunited with her family in High Point, N.C. Her parents, brother and sister-in-law were waiting as a doctor and two paramedics, all volunteers, arrived with her following an 18-hour drive from Oklahoma City. Howard was injured in a hit-and-run highway accident in February 1998 and underwent major brain surgery.
October 8, 1988 |
Free-lance photographer Michael F. Ritter, who disappeared three weeks ago from his ransacked, bloodstained office in Reno--triggering speculation that he was a victim of foul play--walked into his parish church in Reno and said he was suffering from amnesia, police reported Friday. "I don't know who I am. I want you to help find my family," Ritter told an employee at the Reno Christian Fellowship Church on Thursday afternoon, according to sources close to the investigation.
February 11, 1985 |
Hospital officials said that a series of strokes last December has left William J. Schroeder with amnesia, it was reported Sunday. "His problem is his short-term memory," Linda Broadus, a spokeswoman for Humana Inc., operator of Humana Hospital Audubon, said in a report published by the New York Times. Broadus said that Schroeder has trouble remembering such things as who visited him earlier in the day, who joined him for breakfast or what he had to eat. Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1992
A man wandered into the Pomona police station this week and said he was "trying to find out who he is," police said. Officers took the man to the Tri-City Mental Health Center, where he was interviewed Monday by a psychologist, said Pomona Police Lt. Joe Romero, and later to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for examination by a physician.
January 5, 2010 |
A tough, tasty steak of a book, Justin Fox's "The Myth of the Rational Market" arrived last fall just in time to explain how and why the smartest economists and best-managed institutions on Wall Street nearly detonated a bomb in the world's underpants. At the risk of oversimplifying: The abstract thing we call markets (trading in stocks, bonds, options, securities, etc.) is indeed rational -- predictable, mathematical, knowable. It's the human actors who are irrational, if not downright insane.