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Harvey Cushing's ghosts: death and hauntings in modern medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21698039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The passing of Yale School of Medicine's 2010 Bicentennial occasions a moment of reflecting on the past, present, and future of medical education and research at Yale and beyond. Last June, a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurated the opening of the Cushing Center in the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library. Named after Harvey Cushing, an early 20th-century neurosurgeon and former Yale College alum, the dual education/exhibition space now houses hundreds of gross brain specimens constituting the Cushing Tumor Registry. Originally a personal collection, Cushing donated his numerous medical specimens, photographs, and other medical relics from his deathbed, relinquishing the brains to Yale only under the condition that a suitable space be erected to preserve the many specimens. Some 70 years later and after nearly being destroyed, Cushing's wish is fully realized: The once desiccated, hidden brains have been painstakingly restored and are now on view in the Cushing Center. The brains express Cushing's singular and spectral worldview as a surgeon, artist, athlete, soldier, book collector, and historian.
Paul Shin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Yale journal of biology and medicine     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1551-4056     ISO Abbreviation:  Yale J Biol Med     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-23     Completed Date:  2011-11-09     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417414     Medline TA:  Yale J Biol Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of History of Science/History of Medicine, Yale University, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Neoplasms / history*,  surgery
History, 20th Century
Medical Illustration / history
Models, Anatomic
Neurosurgery / history
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Harvey Cushing

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