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Klüver–Bucy syndrome

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noun Klü·ver–Bu·cy syndrome \ˈklü-vər-ˈb(y)ü-sē-, ˈklev-ər-, ˈklu̅e̅-vər-\

Medical Definition of Klüver–Bucy syndrome

  1. :  a group of symptoms that are caused by bilateral removal of the temporal lobes, that include excessive reactivity to visual stimuli, hypersexuality, diminished emotional responses, and memory deficits, and that have been induced experimentally in monkeys and have occurred in human patients who have severe injuries to the temporal lobes or who have undergone temporal lobe lobectomy

Biographical Note for klüver–bucy syndrome




(1897–1979), American neurologist and psychologist. For many years Klüver served as professor of psychology of the University of Chicago. As an editor, he was associated with several journals of psychology. In addition to having numerous articles to his credit, he was the author of book-length monographs including Mescal (1928) and Mescal and Mechanisms of Hallucinations (1966). In 1937 he and P. C. Bucy first described the syndrome that bears their names in an article on the effects of bilateral temporal lobectomy in rhesus monkeys. Klüver is also credited with developing a technique for staining nervous-system tissue and the discovery of free porphyrins in the central nervous system.



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(1904–1992), American neurologist. Bucy held successive positions as professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the medical schools of the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, and Northwestern University. His last position was clinical professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the Bowmen-Gray Medical School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Topics he researched included spinal cord injury, the structure and function of the cerebral cortex, and intracranial tumors.

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