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Canadian neurologist, born January 26, 1891, Spokane, Washington, USA; died April 5, 1976, Montreal, Quebec.


  • Cerebral cicatrix: the reaction of neuroglia and microglia to brain wounds.
    By Pio del Rio-Hortega and W. Penfield.
    Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1927, 41: 278-303.
  • Der Narbenzug am und im Gehirn bei traumatischer Epilepsie in seiner Bedeutung für das Zustandekommen der Anfälle und für die therapeutische Bekämpfung derselben.
    By Otfrid Foerster and W. Penfield. Berlin, J. Springer, 1930.
    Zeitschrift fur die Gesamte Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 1930, 125: 475-572.
  • The structural basis of traumatic epilepsy and results of radical operations.
    By Otfrid Foerster and W. Penfield. Brain 1930, 53: 99-119.
  • Cytology and Cellular Pathology of the Nervous System.
    Edited by W. Penfield. 3 volumes. New York, Paul B. Hoeber, 1932.
  • The significance of the Montreal Neurological Institute.
    In: Neurological Biographies and Addresses; Foundation Volume.
    Published for the Staff, to Commemorate the Opening of the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University (on 27th September, 1934).
    London: Oxford University Press, 1937: 37-54.
  • Somatic motor and sensory representation in the cerebral cortex of man as studied by electrical stimulation. With E. Boldrey. Brain, 1937, 60: 389-443.
  • The cerebral cortex in man. I. The cerebral cortex and consciousness.
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1938, 40: 417-442.
  • Epilepsy and Cerebral Localization; A Study of the Mechanism, Treatment and Prevention of Epileptic Seizures.
    With Theodore Charles Erickson (1906-1986).
    Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 1941.
  • Calcifying epileptogenic lesions. Hemangioma calificants; report of a case.
    With Arthur Allen Ward (1916-1997).
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1948, 60: 20-36.
  • The Cerebral Cortex of Man. A Clinical Study of Localization of Function.
    With Theodore Rasmussen. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1950.
  • Surgical therapy of temporal lobe seizures.
    With Herman F. Flanigin. Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1950, 64: 491-500.
    Flanigin was one of Penfield's students at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
  • Epileptic automatism and the centrencephalic integrating system.
    Research Publications - Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease, 1952, 30: 513-528; 1952
  • Localization of epileptic discharge in temporal lobe automatism.
    By W. Feindel, W. Penfield, and H. Jasper.
    Transactions of the American Neurological Association, 1952, 77: 14-17.
  • Temporal lobe seizures and the technique of subtotal temporal lobectomy.
    With M. Baldwin. Annals of Surgery, 1952, 136: 625-634.
  • Incisural sclerosis and temporal lobe seizures produced by hippocampal herniation. By K. M. Earle, M. Baldwin and W. Penfield.
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1953, 69: 27-42.
  • Localization of discharge in temporal lobe automatism.
    By W. Feindel and W. Penfield.
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1954, 72: 605-630.
  • No Other Gods. Novel. 1954.
  • Epilepsy and the Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain.
    With Herbert Jasper. Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1954.
    This comprehensive monograph on the mechanism and surgical treatment of epileptic seizures is considered Penfield's most substantial scientific work.
  • The insula: further observations on its function.
    With M. E. Faulk. Brain, 1955, 78: 445-470.
  • Prospect and Retrospect in Neurology. Second Foundation Volume.
    Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown and Co., 1955: 53-57.
  • Epileptogenic lesions.
    Acta Neurologica Psychiatrica Belgica, 1956, 56: 75-88.
  • Memory deficit produced by bilateral lesions in the hippocampal zone.
    With Brenda Milner (born 1918).
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1958, 79: 475-497.
  • Excitable Cortex in Conscious Man. 1958.
  • Speech and Brain-Mechanisms.
    With L. Robert. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1959.
  • Dr. William Vernon Cone: 1897-1959.
    The Canadian Medical Association Journal, July 1, 1959, 81 (1): 55-56.
  • The Torch. Novel. Boston, Little Brown, 1960.
    A romantic historical novel about Hippocrates.
  • The Second Career. 1963.
  • Manipulation hemiplegia. An untoward complication in the surgery of focal epilepsy. With R. A. Lende and T. Rasmussen. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1961, 18: 760-777.
  • The cerebral cortex and consciousness.
    Journal of Neurosurgery, 1965, 22: 201.
    Originally published in The Harvey Lectures, 35, 1937.
  • The Difficult Art of Giving. 1966.
    A biography of noted American Physician Alan Gregg (1890-1957), director of the medical sciences division of the Rockefeller Foundation, who had engineered the grant that had made the Montreal Neurological Institute possible.
  • Epilepsy, the great teacher: The progress of one pupil.
    Acta neurologica Scandinavica, Copenhagen, 1967, 43: 1-10.
  • Man and His Family.
  • Lights in the great darkness. The 1971 Harvey Cushing Oration.
    Journal of Neurosurgery, 1971, 35: 377-383.
  • No man alone. A Neurosurgeon’s Life. Boston, Little Brown & Co.,1977.
  • Memory. Autopsy findings and comments on the role of hippocampus in experiential recall.
    With G. Mathieson. Archives of Neurology, 1974, 31: 145-154.
  • The Mystery of the Mind.
    An account for laymen of his investigation of the brain for almost forty years. Dedicated to Sir Charles Sherrington. Princeton University Press in 1975. Works by others:
  • Pio del Rio-Hortega (1882-1945)
    In: W. Penfield, editor: Cytology and cellular pathology of the nervous system.
    Hoeber, New York, 1932. Volume 2: 482-534. Biographical etc:
  • Modern Men of Science. 1966.
  • Alexander Leitch (1900-1987):
    A Princeton Companion. Princeton University Press, 1978.
  • Sixto Obrador (1911-1978):
    Penfield y la escuela de Cajal. Penfield y su relación con Cajal y Río Hortega.
    Revista española de oto-neuro-oftalmologia y neurocirugia, Valencia, January-February 1975, 33 (191): 38-53.
    [Penfield and the school of Cajal. Penfield and his relation to Cajal and Rio-Hortega]
  • David Sclater Lewis (1886-1976):
    Royal Victoria Hospital 1887-1947, Chapter 11: The Montreal Neurological Institute –Its Earlier Days. Montreal McGill University Press 1969: 297-308.

  • Theodore Rasmussen (1910-2002):
    Wilder Penfield, 1891-1976. Journal of Neurosurgery, 1976, 45: 249.
    Theodore Rasmussen in 1960 succeeded Penfield as director of the Montreal Neurological Institute.
  • William Feindel (born 1918):
    Wilder Penfield : his legacy to neurology. To praise an absent friend.
    The Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 18, 1977, 116, 12: 1365-1377.
  • W. Feindel:
    Wilder Penfield (1891-1976): The Man and His Work. Neurosurgery, 1966, 1: 93.
  • John Carew Eccles (1903-1997) and W. Feindel:
    Wilder Graves Penfield (1891-1976).
    In: Sir Kingsley Dunham, A. Neuberger, A. R. Collar, et al, editors: Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, London, 1978, 24: 472-513.
  • W. Feindel:
    Historical Vignette: The Montreal Neurological Institute.
    Journal of Neurosurgery, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1991, 75: 821-822.
  • Mark C. Preul, W. Feindel:
    Historical Vignette: Origins of Wilder Penfield’s surgical technique.
    Journal of Neurosurgery,1991, 75: 812-20.
  • W. Feindel:
    Neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University Hospitals.
    Neurosurgery, 1996, 39: 830-839.
  • Norman H. Horwitz:
    Wilder Penfield (1891-1976). Neurosurgery, 1997, 41:314.

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