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99. The man with the 7 second memory (2005)

The remarkable and poignant story of Clive Wearing, a man with one of the worst cases of amnesia in the world. Once a renowned conductor and musician, Clive was struck down in 1985 by a virus that caused massive damage to his brain. Against the odds, doctors managed to save his life but he was left with a memory that spans just seven seconds. (48 minutes).

A 2005 ITV Studios documentary, produced and directed by Jane Treays. See also Olivers Sacks’s account in The New Yorker.