Magazine article Tikkun

Floyd Skloot

Magazine article Tikkun

Floyd Skloot

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Floyd Skloot's most recent book is the novel The Open Door (1997). He recently was awarded Creative Nonfiction's prize for best essay.

As the millennium approaches, my mind, or what's left of it, has been wondering what became of the Decade of the Brain. By proclamation, President Bush dedicated the 1990s to unlocking the brain's secrets. This was announced seven months after I had suffered brain damage in a viral attack that left me utterly changed. But I felt hopeful then that research would help me regain what had been lost. I would walk with a normal gait, remember not to put the ice tray in the oven or the newspaper in the freezer, not say "undershirts" when I meant to say "outskirts," and know who the man on the phone was when he said we'd been best friends. By century's end, I would celebrate these miracles by dancing a fandango sans cane with the woman I loved. We have indeed learned about the brain. When I had my first brain tests, there were no PET or SPECT scans with which to map the workings and nonworkings of neural impulses. …

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