The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:|
indeed, no counterpart in the overwhelming bulk of true amnesia
cases. There remained, however, a tiny residue of accounts which
for years baffled and shocked me with their parallelism to my
own experience. Some of them were bits of ancient folklore; others
were case histories in the annals of medicine; one or two were
anecdotes obscurely buried in standard histories.
It thus appeared
that, while my special kind of affliction was prodigiously rare,
instances of it had occurred at long intervals ever since the
beginnig of men's annals. Some centuries might contain one, two,
or three cases, others none - or at least none whose record survived.
Shadow out of Time