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Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Sept. 25, 1911. Princeton tackle (and later noted brain surgeon) Wilder Graves Penfield. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Penfield and Canada

Penfield was the founder and first director of the world famous Montreal Neurological Institute. That's where he developed the Montreal Procedure used in treating severe epilepsy.


What a pleasant surprise! Wilder Penfield was a genius -- one of the first to map areas of the brain in the 1950s -- he worked with patients who had uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Also allowed behind the Iron Curtain to treat bigwigs. One scientist who had a stroke led Penfield to theorize that people in comas are actually "there" but unable to communicate until the damaged areas of the brain clear. Sorry to ramble on -- but what a treat to find out he was a footballer and quite handsome as well. Dang!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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