The definition of amnesia is that it is a condition whereas one's memory is lost or disturbed. Functional causes have been identified as psychological factors and it may be influenced by spontaneous episodes. On January 19th, 2011 it was reported by the San Diego Union Tribune that William Taylor, M.D., a UCSD professor and neurosurgeon had been fined $12,000, by the State of California's Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to report his economic ties to a company that was funding his research project.
It seems that Dr. Taylor forgot to inform and disclose that NuVasive (surprise, surprise, surprise) was providing funding for his research projects. Considering that Dr. Taylor did not intend on keeping this information from the public, could his pre-existing memories have been lost to conscious recollection? In order to rectify this conflict, Dr. Taylor discontinued his participation in two projects. But the bigger question that must be asked is whether there is something in the water in California that makes certain surgeons forget the details? I mean having Dr. Taylor forget to disclose that NuVasive was providing funding for his projects would be like Cher forgetting that she was ever married to Sonny, that Siskel never worked with Ebert, that Penn never performed magic with Teller. So the question must be asked, does anyone in this industry have any ethics or integrity?