Featured Special Collections book for October


The Answer to the Riddle is Me

by David Stuart MacLean

What if you had to reconstruct your identity from scratch?

“On October 17, 2002, David MacLean ‘woke up’ on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.
Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself. …”

Medical Humanities/3rd floor Special Collections
WM 173.7 M163a 2014