Jon McClintock used to be on the Happy Hacker team.

From: Jon McClintock (
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 17:51:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: the schizophrenic

On Wed, 24 Feb 1999, Woodchuck wrote:
: That or some kind of petit-mal epilepsy that is causing cognitive
: dysfunction. She seems to be in a fugue state -- not exactly,
: though.  What do they call it in epilepsy -- prodromal phase? The
: stuff that Dostoevsky described so well. I suspect a tumor or
: lesions in the left cortex, and something peculiar about the
: cross-hemisphere communication.  I wonder if she constantly hears
: whispering, nattering voices.

Okay, to set the record straight, I happen to know what CPM is actually
afflicted with.

Carolyn has Herpes Viral Encaphalitis (HVE), a viral infection that
affects the medial temporal lobe. This causes difficulties in forming new
memories. In severe cases, the individual can form no new memories. These
individuals are destined to live in the past.

Carolyn's case appears to be mild--she simply has a hard time remembering
things and keeping things straight in her head. This causes her to appear
empty-headed and clueless. I'll make no judgement as to her actual
intelligence levels...


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