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Google honors neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield with new Doodle

By Wade Sheridan
Google is paying homage to neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield who was once considered “the greatest living Canadian" with a new Doodle. Image courtesy of Google
Google is paying homage to neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield who was once considered “the greatest living Canadian" with a new Doodle. Image courtesy of Google

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Google is celebrating accomplished neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield on what would have been his 137th birthday with a new Doodle.

Google's homepage features a moving illustration of Penfield having his brain stimulated which is evoking memory recall of the smell of burnt toast. The piece references Penfield's Montreal Procedure which he discovered in 1950 when he used electrical probes to treat seizure activity in the brain on a patient that was fully awake.

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Once considered "the greatest living Canadian," Penfield is best known for his advancements in mapping the brain and brain surgery techniques to help treat epilepsy.

"Penfield's contributions to modern neuroscience elevated Canada's global status in healthcare, science, and discovery while his innovations created better lives for people with epilepsy," Google said of the man who was Montreal's first neurosurgeon and who established the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1934.

"In later years, Penfield became an author and a champion of university education and childhood bilingualism, commemorated by the Montreal streets, schools, and universities that bear his name. He was awarded the Lister Medal for surgical science and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame," Google continued about his accomplishments.

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Penfield is also known for performing a radical surgery on his sister to remove a brain tumor giving her two more years of life and for developing the Penfield dissector, a method in brain surgery that is still used today.

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