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Brain stem scarring procedure. It basically adds a photographic memory. However, if you start with someone that's already born with a photographic memory then do the procedure on them, the results are astounding. Furthermore, the procedure can be done multiple times on one person. Usually once is good enough. Some people go in for a second.
Three times is the most it's been done on one person. This particular guy was also born with an eidetic memory to begin with. He can quite literally flip through books like Johnny 5 and memorize it all. He's had multiple military field manuals stored in his head since he was a kid. Nobody believed he could just look at a page for a second and have it memorized until he repeated it back to them verbatim.
They go in through the mouth and lift the soft palate then angle upward and inject Novocain in the area behind it. Then they use a Non-eutactic scalpel to make an incision in the nasopharanx. They make their way to the brain stem and make some very fine cuts with a regular steel scalpel on the reticular formation. That's basically all there is to it.
They back out and apply some fibrin sealant to the area, then close the tissue with methacryloyl-substituted recombinant human tropoelastin (MeTro). Lastly, an adhesive paste consisting of stem cells and other time release ingredients to minimize scarring is applied to the surface.
The main purpose of this procedure is for the ease of retaining information for training purposes. It also allows for more detail of suspects and events for writing reports. Another aspect was for time travel related activity. It allowed the observation of what was taking place without having to bring anything with you that would be out of place like recording equipment on the trip.
One guy I know of that performs them says he practiced on a lot of cadavers first. There are side effects to it. It may cause minor issues with coordination afterward. Like someone who has had this done might not be all that great at sports. They can still learn and excel at them, it just takes a little more work.
Another side effect is there might be a little clumsiness for a bit right afterward, like some minor stumbling as if you were drunk, but not constantly, just here and there. You'd still be able to drive home safely and everything. It's an outpatient procedure.
Another side effect is he described it as being like a blessing and a curse. The reason is because while you're able to memorize a lot more stuff, you also tend to memorize things you don't really want to remember and it sticks with you. Some people might not be mentally strong enough to handle remembering every little thing like that. It's definitely not for everyone. It's kind of a double edged sword, but still a sword nonetheless.
He said it's better to do it at a young age because you heal faster and it becomes more integrated with you and you can utilize it better as opposed to having it done as an adult. That kind of thing brings up some ethical issues like circumcision or ear piercing as babies.
It's not really giving a kid a choice in the matter. But if you're running a covert operation, then it's just something you need to do. Most people aren't going to have access to time travel tech to gain consent as an adult then go back and have it done as a kid.
Overall, it's actually a pretty painless, quick, and easy procedure to do that provides a lot of benefit. He was able to do a group of people one right after the other and send them on their way. Each one took about 10 minutes. This kind of thing could potentially be sold as an elective surgery for a profit, but is unlikely to get FDA approval. At least for the general public. For now.
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