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Stories by Darold Treffert

Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.

January 28, 2015 — Darold Treffert
Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.

January 28, 2015 — Darold Treffert
Whatever Happened to Leslie Lemke?

Whatever Happened to Leslie Lemke?

In June 1980 Leslie Lemke and his remarkable foster mother May Lemke gave a concert in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that has reverberated over the years throughout the world.

June 17, 2014 — Darold Treffert

Observing Patients, Not iPads, Leads to the Best Care

Even as I write this, my iPhone tells me by sound and motion I have a new message. Given my e-mail preferences chances are it is some information about a new best practice or evidence-based treatment guideline.

January 29, 2014 — Darold Treffert

My Marvelous Journey with Incredible Savants: What Have I Learned?

So much of what happens to us in life is not by plan, but rather by coincidence or serendipity.  Thus it was with me and my career. After completing my residency in psychiatry I was assigned the responsibility of developing a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute here in Wisconsin.  There were over 800 [...]

July 31, 2013 — Darold Treffert