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Father of neurosurgery

Harvey Cushing at work on a Sunday morning
Dr.Harvey Cushing

Harvey Cushing operating on a patient
Dr.Cushing operating

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 physician.

The Harvey Cushing Society founders watching
Dr.Harvey Cushing operating before the 16 founding members of The Harvey Cushing Society

Cushing teaching in the operating room
An operation before the Physiological Congress. Dr. Pavlov is an interested pupil.

Dr.Cushing's last operation
The Professor's last operation on August 17, 1932

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Harvey Cushing's 2000th Brain Tumor resection
Harvey Cushing's 2000th Brain Tumor resection

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