There were things Henry loved to do.

Still, despite Henry's current condition, his lack of engagement, Annese is glad to get a chance to meet him, to spend at least a little time around him. Ever since graduate school, he's always found the anonymous cadavers the hardest. It makes it much easier, for some reason, if you know something about the person as a person before you deal with the person as a corpse.

And then, invariably, he would comply.

Henry, a nurse would say, Dr. Scoville insists that you take your meds right now!

RESEARCHER: How long have you had trouble remembering things?

But Milner continues riding the night train down to Hartford, spending days at a time with Henry. Her initial focus is on probing the depths of his memory dysfunction, the way experiences seem to slip away from him, leaving no trace. Then she begins investigating whether there are any experiences at all that he can remember.

R: Well, do you think it's days, or weeks, months, years?

One afternoon she sits Henry down at a desk and puts a piece of paper in front of him. The paper has a large drawing of a five-pointed star on it. There is a mirror angled at the star and a curtain over the paper so that Henry can no longer see the star directly but can only see its reflection in the mirror. She asks him to trace the star. It's a hard task for anyone, with any sort of brain, though after a while, with practice, people with normal brains tend to improve their results, mastering the necessary counterintuitive muscle movements. The first time Henry tries it, he performs poorly. But the funny thing is, the next time he tries, he does it a little better. And the next time better still. With each new attempt, he never remembers ever having attempted it before, but soon he's completing the task as well as anyone. Even Henry recognizes the strangeness of this.

HENRY: That I don't know myself. I can't tell you because I don't remember.
H: Well, see, I can't put it exactly on a day, week or month or year basis.

H: Yes, I think I did. Several times... .

(2) Conceptions resulting from rape and/or conceptions resulting inknown severely deformed fetuses. Let me first make the distinction forthe remainder of this paper between abortion that is merely removal orabandonment of the fetus from the pregnant woman's body, and abortion thatis also intended to end the life of the fetus. At the present time, abortionthat is abandonment, if performed early enough in pregnancy, invariablyis also abortion that will result in the demise of the fetus. However,there is reason to believe that, as medical science advances, the fetuswill be able to survive earlier and earlier removal from the womb, eitherby technological maintenance or possibly even by transplant into anotherwoman.

R: But do you think it's been more than a year that you've had this problem?

Around this time, Henry showed up in his office for a consultation.

Still, he never performs another operation like the one he performed on Henry, and his characteristic hubris is, I like to think, tempered by a deeper appreciation for the dangers inherent in opening a man's skull. In 1973, during a conference about the ethics of brain surgery, he listens while a younger colleague of his, Dr. José Delgado, a professor of neurophysiology at Yale, advocates for the widespread use of corrective neural implants. Dr. Delgado had, in an earlier publicity stunt, stopped a charging bull in its tracks by remotely activating electrodes he'd planted in its brain. "The question," Dr. Delgado declares, "rather than, What is man? should be, What kind of man are we going to construct?"

H: And uh, I remember, I don't remember just where it was done, in, uh ...

Henry's epilepsy is severe, horrible, intractable.

Abortion is often debated as a women's rights issue or as a rights issuefor the unborn. It is neither. It would be wrong to protect women's rightsby simply ignoring the case for the unborn; and it would be wrong to protectthe unborns' rights by simply ignoring the case for women. The issue isnot who has rights; both sides have some rights, or at least considerationsto take into account. The issue is not who has rights, but what is right,and when, and why. Further, I will try to show that there are many thingssociety could easily do that would protect both women and unborn childrenby making both motherhood and growing up not so tragically burdensome inmany cases and thereby prevent abortion from becoming a necessary considerationin those cases. Many women who seek abortions do not really want them,but see them regrettably as their only reasonable choice. If there werebetter choices or options available in such cases, as I think there easilycould be if society simply wants there to be, women and their unborn childrenwould both be better off. Both could have their "rights" preserved.