Anonymous said: Why do you think it was overzealous treatment? The man was suffering chronic seizures and knowledge was limited.

Scoville was operating with the knowledge that removal of one half of the hippocampus had helped cases of epilepsy in the past. Molaison’s epilepsy was severe, yes, but Scoville didn’t bother to try removing one half first — he dove right in and cut the whole thing out. To my knowledge, it’s still unknown whether Molaison would have been adequately helped by only a partial removal.

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