Karl Wuensech was tested by his doctor and learned that he had become anosmic. What does that mean? Simply, he lost his sense of smell. This section of the book really sparked my interest because I have a family member who has also lost their sense of smell. I never really took much thought into it until I read this book from another person's perspective.
Luckily, Wuensech's anosmia can get treated for some periods of time and he can lose and regain his smell over and over again. On the other hand, my family member cannot. This occurred to my family member based on some sinus issues similar to Wuensech. In the book, Wuensech explains that he misses the smell of people. My family member also misses that smell, as well as being able to smell and eat their food. Reading this section really made me think about the sense of smell. At one point in my life, my sense of smell was decreased but I have not been tested for anosmic because, for me, it was just some nasal blockage and congestion.