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History of Neurology: Seminal Citations
May 1999

Beginnings of the Modern Era of Epilepsy Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.



Arch Neurol. 1999;56(5):629-630. doi:10.1001/archneur.56.5.629

Evidence of skull trephinations with survival date from the Neolithic period. Sir Victor Horsley1suggested that the trephinations might have been performed for relief of Jacksonian epilepsy. However, the first account of surgery specifically for epilepsy was by Divetus2(1527-1586):

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