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November 1954

Epilepsy and the Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(5):663-664. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330050133021

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This book reports twenty-five years of research on epilepsy at the Montreal Neurological Institute. These twenty-five years have revolutionized the study of epilepsy. Penfield and Jasper have led a remarkable team of investigators, clinical, physiological, and anatomical, who have been in the forefront during this period. Their work not only has thrown light on the nature of the epileptic process in the brain, but has advanced the knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of the brain itself. Great progress has been made in the localization of cerebral function. Especially interesting are observations made by Penfield in the operating room upon the temporal lobe. Stimulation of the temporal cortex in some of his epileptic patients produced "psychical hallucinations" which seemed to be vivid recollections of past events, unfolding like a dream while the electrode was stimulating the temporal cortex. This discovery of cortical points that can bring back complex memories is