This is Clive Wearing: Prominent English musicologist, former BBC radio producer, and victim to the worst case of herpes ever recorded.
Clive lives in a fleeting state of moment-to-moment consciousness, unable to process new memories and minimal retention of memories from the past.
Clive's puzzling condition is caused by brain inflammation known as encephalitis, specifically herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE).
Wearing's case is attributed to herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the common strain of herpes that also causes annoying cold sores and blisters.
Clive is capable of going about routine tasks like showering and shaving, as his procedural memory remains intact. More remarkably, it preserves his ability to perform music when prompted.
The only other force capable of restoring normalcy to Clive's day is the presence of his beloved wife, Deborah.
Clive assumes that it is the first time in a while that they have seen each other every time they "re-meet" due to his detached state of consciousness up until that moment.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks, explains in his book Musicophilia:
Anthropologist Helen Fisher’s research proves that love is more than an emotion: it is a fundamental human drive.
Love's reward system activation also influences the tendency for one to integrate their partner into self-referential processing.
Sacks notes in Musicophilia:
Deborah’s novel, Forever Today, details their relationship, but only accounts for her side of the story. We will never hear of sparks that Clive felt when he first saw her or know the moment he was certain that she was *the one*.
Clive currently lives in an assisted living residence where he can receive constant medical attention. Living Without Memory, the BBC documentary about his life and condition, is available to watch in its entirety on YouTube.
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