The first time I heard about Locked-In Syndrome was on that episode of House
. I almost didn't believe it was a real condition at first, it seemed so horrific. Being trapped in your own body like that, with a mind as sharp as ever but unable to control your body or communicate? It's the stuff of nightmares. Because of the nature of the syndrome and its rarity, doctors know very little about it. They do have this firsthand account to go on, though -- Jean-Dominique Bauby became "locked-in" following a severe stroke and being a journalist, decided to write about his experience. He never recovered, however, and his entire memoir was composed and memorized in his head and then dictated to an assistant through a special code consisting entirely of blinking his left eyelid -- the only part of his body he could control. Now that is impressive.