Photostory #12: Led by Canadian Institute: Battle Against Epilepsy
National Film Board of Canada
June 7, 1955
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
In 1937 Montreal opened the doors of its modest 47-bed Neurological Institute, designed to care for emergency surgery cases which could not be handled by the Royal Victoria Hospital, with which it is affiliated. Since then, under the skilled hands of famed neuro-surgeon Dr. Wilder Penfield, the Institute has taken on international stature and today it serves as North America's central clearing house of neurological surgery and research. Although the Institute still handles occasional emergency accident cases, its expanded, 100-bed hospital is considered primarily a research unit. Through M.N.I.'s research program, great gains are being made against disorders of the brain. Epilepsy is the Institute's number one project, and with equipment which localizes electrical disturbances in the brain caused by tumour or accident, neurologists and neuro-surgeons are coming closer to a greater understanding of the entire nervous system. Fellows and students from all over Canada, U.S.A., and Europe are presently working and studying at the Institute. M.N.I.'s aim: To train young doctors from all parts of the world so that they may carry vital knowledge and skills back to the hospitals and medical centres in their own countries.