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Book and Media Reviews
November 28, 2007

The Legacy of Harvey Cushing: Profiles of Patient Care

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(20):2422-2427. doi:10.1001/jama.298.20.2426

Harvey Cushing is one of those energetic individuals whose life accomplishments make those of most others seem inconsequential. He made tremendous advances in the nascent fields of neurosurgery and endocrinology during the early part of the 20th century and wrote prolifically, promulgating his findings both in journal articles and in books. Cushing trained many individuals who, in the same vein, carried and perfected his neurosurgical knowledge and technique. He was a successful author in the world outside of medicine, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Sir William Osler in 1926. Several biographies of Cushing's life have been published, the latest of which is still in print and remains an interesting read.1 The neurosurgical literature continues to see varied historical articles published about him. He never ceases to fascinate neurosurgeons; others simply draw inspiration from his life.