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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c600

Harvey Cushing papers

Scope and Contents

Consists chiefly of letters from Harvey Cushing to Frederic Woldenor Schreiber (1897-1959); there is also a small amount of correspondence with patients, a letter and a telegram from Louise Charlotte Eisenhardt (1891-1967) to Schreiber regarding Cushing's failing health and death, and Cushing's notes and sketches from two surgical operations on patient Mary Ellen Martin in 1928 and 1929.


  • 1923-1939 (inclusive)


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0.02 cubic feet (9 folders)

Biographical / Historical

Cushing (Harvard, M.D. 1895) was Mosely Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and surgeon-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass. from 1912 to 1932, when he became Sterling Professor at Yale Medical School until retirement in 1936. He developed refined techniques of operating during his military experiences with the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, where he served as senior consultant for all neurological wounds. His contributions to medical literature were prodigious and include extensive study of pituitary dysfunction, intracranial tumors, meningiomas, and the invention of techniques to improve brain surgery, such as the pneumatic cranial tourniquet and, with Bovie in 1926, an electrosurgical unit for cutting and coagulating tissue. Cushing also wrote biographies of Osler and Vesalius. His reputation as a surgeon and a teacher was international.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939. Papers, 1923-1939 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
Jessica Sedgwick
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