Epilepsy surgery: historical highlights 1909-2009

Epilepsia. 2009 Mar;50 Suppl 3:131-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2009.02043.x.


This review focuses on some historical highlights of the surgery of epilepsy, beginning with the reports of Horsley, Krause, and Cushing to which appeared in 1909, the year that The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) was inaugurated. We then outline key contributions from Europe and North America, and examine particularly the evolution of our understanding of temporal lobe seizures, which have now become the most common form of epilepsy amenable to surgical cure.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Portrait
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / surgery
  • Brain Mapping
  • Diagnostic Imaging / history
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods
  • Epilepsy / history*
  • Epilepsy / pathology
  • Epilepsy / surgery
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / history*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / methods