There are different types of amnesia just as there are different causes. Amnesia may be brought on by an injury or trauma to the brain, the “bump on the head” scenario. There are also cases where an experience is so traumatic or terrible that the mind simply does its best to erase it. This is a more extreme case than a simple repressed memory, in psychogenic amnesia the entire memory is erased.
The hippocampus and the medial temporal lobe of the brain are often associated with amnesia. This may explain why a person is able to function normally after an injury to this part of the brain yet lose their memory. Of course, there is no accounting for just being scatterbrained.
On A Day in the Life of Dennis Day, Dennis does not really have amnesia. Given the mysterious way Dennis Day's mind works, who can tell? Especially when the newspaper accidentally puts the wrong caption under the boy's picture. The picture is supposed to be the missing heir to a sardine fortune who is missing after losing his memory.
On Virginia Lane, the story of an American Girl, all we know is that Uncle Danny and his friend are missing, could they have Amnesia?
Sergeant Preston of Challenge of the Yukon is hot on the trail when the bad guys take a pot shot at him from across the ravine. The shot creases his skull, and he disappears when falls into a snow drift. When King, the Wonder Dog of the Yukon, goes to find help, the villains search Preston's sled and find his extra uniform. What mischief can they cause with that?
It is a rainy night on San Francisco bay when a pretty girl gets Pat Novak to buy her a cup of coffee. She claims to have amnesia, but before Novak can help her she falls over dead. Someone has given her an overdose of sleeping pills. Of course, the only unsolved amnesia case Novak can find is a beautiful heiress.
Arthur Burke wakes up in an office with a bump on his head but suddenly realizes he has had amnesia for the last three weeks. He also wakes up next to George Digby's body. He goes to Boston Blackie to find out if he is the killer.
Robert Stack plays “The Indispensable Man”. He has a photographic memory, so he has been assigned to carry atomic secrets to Washington. A bump on the head as he is getting of the train has scrambled brain, and he thinks he sees movie star Debra Paget.
Dr. Kildare contributes a pair of amnesia cases. Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Kildare are asked to find Phillip Vancort. The Vancort boy saw his best friend's plane shot down right in front of him during the War, and now he cannot remember whom he is. In another episode a young woman wearing designer clothes and a $1000 coat walks into Blair Hospital, there is nothing wrong with her except that she does not know whom she is! Kildare and Gillespie diagnose “psychogenic amnesia”.
Dagwood is afraid Blondie does not appreciate him the way she did before. Maybe she will feel different after he runs into a trash can chasing a football and loses his memory. “Stop calling me Dagwood!”
Fibber McGee is having trouble forgetting things, so he decides to take the Gildersleeve Memory course. Will the lessons help him remember that he is keeping Mrs. Uppington's diamond for safe keeping? More important, will he remember where he hid it? Eighteen years later, Fibber tries the Apex Memory Course through the mail and is confident he can remember everything by association. When he uses the system at the grocery store and gets all the wrong items, it must be Molly's fault for ordering the wrong things!
This collection of old time radio shows about amnesia and memory is surely a collection you won't forget!