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Book and Media Reviews
July 5, 2006

Mind Science

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(1):100-105. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.100

“Rosebud,” the famous last word uttered by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane, came to embody, within and beyond the film, the elusive hunt for its own meaning and the memory of a long-ago happier time.

In his personal and professional memoir, Eric Kandel, MD, a Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2000, also recounts a touching memory. On his ninth birthday, he received a shiny blue, battery-powered car from his parents in Vienna, Austria, and spent the next two days playing with it. On November 9, 1938, young Eric Kandel's world was shattered during Kristallnacht. In Search of Memory continues with his family's escape to America and his education at the Flatbush Yeshivah, Erasmus Hall High School, and Harvard College, where he entered as an incipient historian and emerged interested in psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

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