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Alien Hand Syndrome sees woman attacked by her own hand.

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An operation to control her epilepsy left Karen Byrne with no control of her left hand
Imagine being attacked by one of your own hands, which repeatedly tries to slap and punch you. Or you go into a shop and when you try to turn right, one of your legs decides it wants to go left, leaving you walking round in circles.

Last summer I met 55-year-old Karen Byrne in New Jersey, who suffers from Alien Hand Syndrome.

Her left hand, and occasionally her left leg, behaves as if it were under the control of an alien intelligence.

Karen's condition is fascinating, not just because it is so strange but because it tells us something surprising about how our own brains work.

It started after Karen had surgery at 27 to control her epilepsy, which had dominated her life since she was 10.

Surgery to cure epilepsy usually involves identifying and...
Pretty interesting stuff if you haven't read up on this yet. Makes ya wondering if one day we can have complete control over both sides of our brain even if they aren't communicating with each other.


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a·li·en (l-n, lyn)
adj.
1. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign: alien residents.
2. Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange. See Synonyms at foreign.
3. Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature: emotions alien to her temperament.

Edited by XiCynx - 1/23/11 at 4:03pm
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wow i feel really bad for this lady...
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I watched a documentary on this years ago. It was pretty interesting.
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I believe this was the Focus of an House episode a while back.. or something similar.
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Originally Posted by Trigunflame View Post
I believe this was the Focus of an House episode a while back.. or something similar.
I haven't been keeping up with house. I really need to get back into it, I love all the different analytical things they have to go through to find the cause behind what is happening. I left off at season 4, guess it's time to do some... buying. Yes.
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Ah, that's why you haven't seen it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Both_Sides_Now_(House)
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Mein fuhrer! I can walk!
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Ha! Good stuff! Damn, just goes to show you what you can learn just from watching a simple episode now-a-days.
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Anybody else thought from the title that it was instead some kind of birth defect where a child is born with alien-looking hands?
    
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Anybody else thought from the title that it was instead some kind of birth defect where a child is born with alien-looking hands?
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