Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), the man who was to become
known as the father of Neurosurgery, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on April 8, 1869. His father, grandfather, and great
grandfather before him were all general practitioners of medicine.
Cushing is credited with creating the field of Brain surgery
as a surgical discipline. He was a pioneering neurosurgeon and developed many of the tools, basic techniques and procedures
used in neurosurgery to this day. The endocrine disorder named after him is obviously Cushing's Disease. Cushing achieved
worldwide recognition because of his innovation, energy and skill. At the end of his career his disciples rewarded him by
founding one of America's first, national neurosurgical associations as the Harvey Cushing Society, now the American Association
of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
The accomplishments of Dr. Harvey Cushing are an inspiration
to the medical profession. His inexhaustible energy and his painstaking attention to detail made him a superior surgeon, author,
teacher, and scientist. These traits combined with his unyielding devotion to the care of his patients made him a legendary