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April 12, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(2):165-166. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080150095030

Preparing a creditable, biographical sketch of Harvey Cushing most surely would have been easier if his contributions to general and scientific literature had been fewer, if I had not been held under his spell as a student, and if the review of his life by Fulton were less fascinating.1 Harvey William Cushing was born in Cleveland into a family with a strong medical tradition and a heritage of personal concern for the sick. Harvey completed his arts and sciences at Yale and his professional studies at Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1895 with the degrees of MA and MD. His housemanship was passed on the surgical service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where his histories were embellished with line drawings of preoperative findings and lesions revealed during surgical exposure or at postmortem. The practice of surgical sketching persisted throughout his clinical years, adding charm and scientific substance to the