Clinton Woolsey: functional brain mapping pioneer

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  • Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin
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Dr. Clinton Woolsey was a leading 20th-century neuroscientist for almost 4 decades. His most significant achievements were the novel use and refinement of evoked potential techniques to functionally map mammalian brains, the discovery of secondary cortical areas, and a wide repertoire of comparative neurofunctional studies across many species. The authors discuss his life and work through a historical context with contemporaries, highlight the primitive state of brain mapping before Woolsey, and review his involvement in advancing its rapid development through work at both Johns Hopkins University and University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Woolsey's lasting impact on basic and clinical neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neurology and his important roles as a scientific mentor and leader are also described.

Abbreviations used in this paper:FASEB = Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; UW = University of Wisconsin.

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Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to: John S. Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., Box 8660 Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792. email: j.kuo@neurosurgery.wisc.edu.

Please include this information when citing this paper: published online August 8, 2014; DOI: 10.3171/2014.6.JNS132030.

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