How getting a job cured a man's total amnesia

In an 'exceedingly rare' case, SPECT scans support changes in brain perfusion associated with complete loss and then recovery of autobiographical memory

A man lost his whole autobiographical memory on becoming unemployed but then completely recovered from his dissociative amnesia nearly seven years later, on starting a new job, Japanese psychiatrists report.

Missing piece

What’s more, they have SPECT scans showing hypoperfusion in a brain region involved in memory storage obtained soon after he developed the amnesia and a normal SPECT scan taken soon after he began his new job.

The 40-year-old man, who had a strict upbringing and was gentle and introverted, lost his job in a bookshop when the