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Taiwan's 'Notebook Boy' Commits His Memories in Writing

Chen Hong-zhi's notebooks are his life. Nine years ago, Chen seriously damaged his hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with forming memories, in a traffic accident. The 26-year-old has lost the ability to make and retain short-term memories. Instead, he painstakingly records his days in lined notebooks, crammed with entries in blue ink. "I use the notebook to remember who I helped today, how much farm work I did, whether there was rain ... the notebook is my...

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