• Although neither a physician nor a scientist, William Pryor Letchworth significantly improved the care and treatment of epileptics at the beginning of this century. As commissioner of the New York State Board of Charities and later president, he established Craig Colony, America's first comprehensive epilepsy facility. In Care and Treatment of Epileptics, he summarized contemporary medical and social knowledge of epilepsy. As cofounder and president of the National Association for the Study of Epilepsy, he introduced from Europe his improvements of the colony plan of construction and financed Transactions, the society's scholarly journal. He combined a sensitivity to the needs of the unfortunate with the resolve of a successful businessman. Although William Pryor Letchworth is remembered for his philanthropy and the park in western New York that bears his name, his signal contributions to modern concepts of epilepsy are unknown to most physicians. This article will acquaint readers with the life and accomplishments of this philanthropist and pioneer epileptologist.
Fine EJ, Fine DL, Sentz L, Soria E. William P. Letchworth: Philanthropist and Pioneer Epileptologist. Arch Neurol. 1993;50(3):313–316. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540030077019
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