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On the Brain
September 2017

“Bad at Faces”—A Prosopagnosic’s Tale

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(9):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1412

The first time I met Jamie, she told me about her condition. She told me her story with as many hand gestures as I came to expect with all of her stories, yet there was also an automaticity about her narrative, as if she had told it so many times that the words were nearly worn out. The facts spilled out like the adverse effects at the end of a commercial for the newest antihypertensive: a disclaimer. Here, at the inception of our relationship, she wished to offer an explanation for any unintentional hurt her condition may cause later. She launched into her tale:

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