From the authors' preface: "This book is a sequel to 'Epilepsy and Cerebral Localization published in [...] 1941. It might be considered a revised edition, except that it has been completely rewritten [...] Our twofold purpose in this writing is suggested by the title.
"Thus the primary objective was clinical, the secondary consideration scientific [...] The clinical aim was to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms and causes of epileptic seizures so as to provide a more rational and more effective treatment for patients who are subject to various forms of cerebral seizures. This led to the secondary, but ever engrossing consideration: the functional anatomy and physiology of the human brain [...]
"We have made an honest record of the working of the human brain in normal and in abnormal states; even though we may have gone astray in theory and rationalisation, yet we know these observations will stand, and so perhaps lead others to a clearer conception of the truth."
Author bios (from Wikipedia):
"Wilder Graves Penfield (January 26, 1891 – April 5, 1976) was a pioneering neurosurgeon once dubbed "the greatest living Canadian". He expanded brain surgery's methods and techniques, including mapping the functions of various regions of the brain such as the cortical homunculus. His scientific contributions on neural stimulation expand across a variety of topics including hallucinations, illusions, and deja vu. Penfield devoted a lot of his thinking to mental processes, including contemplation of whether there was any scientific basis for the existence of the human soul."
"Herbert Henri Jasper, (July 27, 1906 – March 11, 1999) was a Canadian psychologist, physiologist, anatomist, chemist and neurologist. Born in La Grande, Oregon, he attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and received his PhD in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1931 and earned a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Paris for research in neurobiology. He did his most important research with Wilder Penfield at McGill University."
This influential text is still cited in papers about epilepsy to this day, a testament to the value of its content and to the rigour applied by the authors.
Very Good Condition first edition (1954), ex-library, hardback in blue cloth boards with gilt decoration to the front board and gilt titling to the spine. Some rubbing to the extremities, (particularly the spine ends) blunted corners and some light age spots too. The page edges show some very light foxing and the fore edge has a very light library stamp. The front pastedown has a small booksellers sticker and the front free end paper has a light, small library stamp. Rear pastedown has a small triangular envelope pasted in, which houses its original lending history. This shows that the book was only borrowed twice in its life as a library book. Internally the pages are clean and bright, having been printed on particularly high quality paper stock. There are no marks, annotations or marginalia of any kind and the binding remains secure. There are a great many illustrations plus colour and black & white photographs throughout the text. There is an extensive bibliography and comprehensive index.