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Dr. Wilder Penfield

Wilder Penfield was born in Spokane, Washington in 1891, son (and grandson) of a medical doctor.  When Wilder was only 8 years old, he moved across the United States to Hudson, Wisconsin with his mother and brother and sister.


He graduated from Princeton University and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying with the eminent medical pioneers, Sir William Osler and Charles Sherrington.

Dr. Penfield’s medical degree was earned at Johns Hopkins University.   After practicing surgery in New York City, Penfield continued his training in Spain and Germany where he learned new research and surgical techniques.   He introduced these methods at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal when he arrived in 1928.


With an award of $1.2 million from the Rockefeller Foundation and the support of private donors, foundations, and government and university officials, Dr. Penfield founded the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) in 1934. Then, as now, The Neuro was a unique center for the integration of neuroscience research and clinical practice.   Over the next 26 years, Dr. Penfield and his colleagues established the world's premier clinical, research and training center by developing surgical treatment for epilepsy, recording from the brain during surgery, establishing sophisticated behavioral tests for pre-and post-surgical evaluation, and making many other important advances.


Retiring as The Neuro’s Director in 1960, Dr. Penfield continued to write, adding novels and medical biographies to the list of his work.   Dr. Penfield died in 1976.

This great Canadian was an innovator and transcended the specialty of Neurology and was our inspiration in the development of our company philosophy and vision.

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