Penfield, Wilder Graves

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Penfield, Wilder Graves (1891-1976) was an American-born Canadian neuroscientist and physician who developed a surgical cure for some forms of epilepsy, a brain disorder characterized by sudden attacks, or seizures. In some forms of epilepsy, seizures begin from small clusters of damaged brain cells. Penfield developed techniques for locating such damaged areas and surgically removing them.


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