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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.


Wilder Penfield Owen Crowe

He looks like Clive Owen crossed with Russell Crowe....

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!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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