CUSHING, HARVEY

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CUSHING, HARVEY - Extremely Rare Signed Photograph of Dr. Harvey Cushing, Pioneering Neurosurgeon and Bibliophile
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CUSHING, HARVEY - Extremely Rare Signed Photograph of Dr. Harvey Cushing, Pioneering Neurosurgeon and Bibliophile

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CUSHING, HARVEY. (1869-1939). Pioneering neurosurgeon and biographer of William Osler. SP. (“Harvey Cushing”). 1p. Oblong 4to. N.p., N.d. (1928). A black-and-white image of Cushing dressed in surgical scrubs, wearing gloves and making notes with a mirror in the background reflecting his image. Inscribed on the photographer’s mount to Dr. W.K. Kennedy, “With the regards of Harvey Cushing.” The photographer has added the initials “W.W.B.” and the date in pencil in the lower right margin.

 

A pioneer in neurosurgery, Cushing’s most notable achievement was to reduce the mortality rate of patients who underwent surgical removal of brain tumors from approximately 90 percent to 8 percent. Among his many innovations are the Cushing clip, designed to control hemorrhaging during surgery, the use of suction and X-rays in surgery, the monitoring of blood pressure, and developing a safer method of administering anesthesia. His original research in brain surgery led to the establishment of the Hunterian Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard’s Laboratory of Surgical Research. Cushing trained scores of surgeons as a professor at both Harvard and at Yale, where he taught from 1933 until his death. A serious bibliophile, Cushing’s collection forms the nucleus of Yale’s library of medical history. The Harvey Cushing Society, an organization that still exists under the name of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons was formed in 1932.

 

Minor matte burn along the far right edge, with some light dust staining and a few small creases and tears in the margins. In overall fine condition. Very rare in this format; ABPC locates only one example (1994, $1500) in the last 41 years.

 

 

Item #19961


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