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Epilepsy surgeon dedicated to women's suffrage

Today, as we mark 100 years since parliament passed an act giving some women the right to vote, we celebrate the life of Victor Horsley.

Victor carried out the first neurological operation for epilepsy in 1886. He was one of the medics most closely associated with the founding of what is now Epilepsy Society. And he was an ardent and active supporter of women's suffrage. 

Victor most famously operated on his son after he had a first epileptic seizure during a concert at the Albert Hall.

The pioneering surgeon then suddenly abandoned his medical work and became a political activist.

Victor died during the First World War while volunteering for active service in Mesopotamia.

Epilepsy Society's medical director Professor Ley Sander on the founding of Epilepsy Society.

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