General

Harvey Williams Cushing was born on April 8, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio and died on October 7, 1939 at the age of 70. Harving was a neurosurgeon and a pioneer of brain surgey. He was the first person to use x-rays to find brain tumors and improved the survial rate of people after difficult brian surgies. Harvey also made important contributions twords the study of blood pressure in surgey.


Contributions

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  • developed many of the basic surgical techniques for operating on the brain
  • improved the survial rate of people after undergoing difficult brian surgery
  • used x-rays to find brain tumors
  • played an important role in developing the Bovie electrocautery tool
  • greatest conribution was the indroduction of a blood pressure measurment system
  • left behind and exstensive library of books to yale, which now serves as the nucleus to a great collection of books on medical history


Interesting Facts

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  • in 1988 the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in his honor

  • Yale made a Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Llibary that holds many of his books

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