Wilder Penfield (1891‐1976): The Man and His Work*

@article{Feindel1977WilderP,
  title={Wilder Penfield (1891‐1976): The Man and His Work*},
  author={William H. Feindel},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={1977},
  volume={1},
  pages={93–100}
}
  • W. Feindel
  • Published 1 September 1977
  • History
  • Neurosurgery
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