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Comment author: wnoise 09 March 2011 07:45:52PM 8 points [-]

I recall a neurologist that suffered a stroke and was able to reason out that she was suffering a stroke and managed to use the phone to call for help while severely impaired. It doubled as a religious experience for her.

I also recall a story about a woman trained in medicine who developed schizophrenia and turned her intellect to coping with her delusions, and rationalizing them, and poking holes in her rationalizations. Unfortunately I can't find the story, but I remember that she was convinced that rats were running around in her brain chewing on her nerves, but that she could electrocute them by thinking really hard. She realized that real rats couldn't possibly be running around in her brain, but had some rationalization for that.

Comment author: [deleted] 13 September 2011 10:12:57PM 0 points [-]

That sounds fascinating, I wish I could read it..