Item 12 - Letter, January 26, 1921

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Letter, January 26, 1921

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CA OSLER P417-2-11-12

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  • January 26, 1921 (Creation)
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    Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939
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    Oxford (England)

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2 pages

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(1869-1939)

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Harvey Cushing was born on April 8, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the youngest child of Henry Kirke Cushing, physician, and Betsey Maria Williams. In 1902, he married Katharine Stone Crowell with whom he had five children : William Harvey, Mary Benedict, Betsey, Henry Kirke and Barbara. His primary and secondary education was in Cleveland. He received his A.B. at Yale University in 1891, and his M.A., M.D., at Harvard University in 1895. He died on October 7, 1939 in New Haven, Connecticut. Harvey Cushing began his career at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1895-96. He moved to Baltimore to work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he stayed for 15 years, mostly at the Faculty of Surgery. In 1912, he returned to Harvard as Professor of Surgery and also worked at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (1913-1932). In 1933, he became Professor of Neurology at Yale, a position he held until 1937. Considered a pioneer of Neurosurgery, he made several fundamental discoveries about the pituitary gland. Bibliophile and an earnest collector of books, he published many essays and other literary works, among them the 1926 Pulitzer prize-winning biography of William Osler.

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Letter to Harvey Cushing from Harry Paintin, 14, Regent Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Paintin sends Cushing, J. Allen Shuffrey's drawing of Ewelme, but he has not been able to secure Mr. Howard's photographs. He writes of the visit of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society to Ewelme on October 18, 1909. During the visit, Osler, the Master of the Hospital, treated the party to tea on the Rectory Lawn and spoke of the "gentle Duchess" of Suffolk, Alice Chaucer. Paintin writes of a humorous incident involving George Randell Higgins and Osler.

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Cushing's colour code: White (Correspondence)

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CUS417/11.12

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