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Harvey Cushing
(8 Apr 1869 - 7 Oct 1939)

American neurosurgeon who was a pioneer of neurosurgery and performed the first brain surgery in the U.S in 1902.


Science Quotes by Harvey Cushing (3 quotes)

A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more than even the whole man—he must view the man in his world.
— Harvey Cushing
Attributed by Rene Dubos, Man Adapting (1965, 1980), Chap. 12, 342. Dubos introduces the quote with “is reported to have taught” and no other citation.
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I would like to see the day when somebody would be appointed surgeon somewhere who had no hands, for the operative part is the least part of the work.
— Harvey Cushing
Letter to Dr Henry Christian (20 Nov 1911). Quoted in 'The Best Hope of All', Time (3 May 1963).
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There is only one ultimate and effectual preventative for the maladies to which flesh is heir, and that is death.
— Harvey Cushing
'Medicine at the Crossroads', The Medical Career and Other Papers (1928, 1940), 94.
Science quotes on:  |  Death (391)  |  Effective (59)  |  Flesh (27)  |  Heir (12)  |  Malady (8)  |  Prevention (35)  |  Ultimate (146)


See also:
  • 8 Apr - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Cushing's birth.
  • Genius With a Scalpel: Harvey Cushing, by Justin F. Denzel. - book suggestion.

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