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April 12, 1965

Harvey Cushing: Book Collector

Author Affiliations

Librarian of Historical Collections, Yale Medical Library, New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1965;192(2):141-144. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080150071017

Following a visit to the Osler Library at McGill University in 1935, Harvey Cushing decided to leave his books to Yale University and to interest as many as possible of his book-collecting friends to do the same. He first approached his longtime friend and adviser, Arnold C. Klebs of Nyon, Switzerland, whom he asked to join in this venture of creating a center for the study of medical history. Klebs (the son of Edwin Klebs of Klebs-Loeffler bacillus fame and a great bibliophile) had no reason to make Yale such an outstanding donation, other than his friendship for Dr. Cushing, but after the initial surprise he became rather intrigued with the suggestion. John F. Fulton, who had come to Yale in 1930 as professor of physiology —and with an outstanding library he had collected in less than a decade—was the second desired recruit. He proved a sympathetic protagonist and in

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