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Book and Media Reviews
April 5, 2006

Cushing

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1587-1592. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1589

Michael Bliss has written a masterwork, the definitive biography of Harvey Cushing, the father of modern neurosurgery and an icon of modern medicine. Professor Bliss is a distinguished historian who provides scrupulous research and balanced perspective. As a Canadian, he possesses the detachment and knowledge to write objectively about the United States. As the author of a prize-winning biography of Sir William Osler, Bliss is superbly prepared to write its natural sequel, the biography of Osler's most illustrious protégé. To top it off, Bliss is a superb storyteller, and his Cushing on the page matches the star power of Cushing in the film of his 2000th brain tumor operation.

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