Happy 145th Birthday Harvey Cushing!
Harvey Cushing, born on April 8th in Cleveland in 1869, was the last of ten children of Henry Kirke and Betsey Maria Cushing and descended from a long line of Cushing doctors.
A brief list of his accomplishments include:
- He considerably improved the survival of patients after difficult brain operations for intracranial tumors.
- In clinical medicine, he was an early advocate of x-ray and blood pressure determination.
- He developed techniques to control bleeding from the scalp and promoted decompression for relief of pain in cases of inoperative brain tumors.
- Cushing was an early adopter of electrosurgery, playing a role in the development of Bovie electrocautery tool with physicist W. T. Bovie.
He was the world's leading teacher of neurosurgeons in the first decades of the 20th century.
For Cushing’s 70th birthday in April of 1939, The Harvey Cushing Society, formed in 1932 by younger neurosurgeons in Cushing’s honor, met in New Haven Ct. for a celebration.
At the formal dinner Louise Eisenstadt, MD, colleague and collaborator of the Curator of the Brain Tumor Registry presented Cushing with the gift of Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing, prepared by the Harvey Cushing Society and published by Charles C Thomas.
Beginning on March 2nd, the Medical Library will extend its hours to accommodate our students studying for their national board exams (USMLE-1). Hours will be extended Sundays-Thursdays until 2:00 a.m. through May.
We ask all library users to be mindful of this study period, especially in the Morse Reading Room and keep the noise level down in all public areas during this time.
Since its opening in June 2010, the Cushing Center has become a destination of interest to many visitors including students from area schools, members of the Yale University and the New Haven community, medical students, physicians, and writers worldwide. As of page 126 of the guest book, visitors have come from at least 33 US states and 46 countries including places as far away as Tasmania and Madagascar.
Last year we provided guided tours to over 2,300 visitors, while many others ventured into the center on their own. Here are a few of the comments left behind by visitors.
The center is open to all:
If you don’t have a Yale ID you’ll need to show a picture ID at the library circulation desk to borrow a proxy ID.
Tours are offered:
Thursday: 2:00pm & Friday: 11:00am & 2:00pm.
Guests meet in front of the library circulation desk.
For tours beyond these hours, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at 333 Cedar St. From the library entrance, walk straight down the hallway to the Information Room. Take the stairway on the right and walk down two flights. The center entrance is on the right.
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The Perfect Man recently acquired by the Historical Library
on view in the Cushing Rotunda
Join us for an exhibit tour of selected acquisitions
with curator Susan Wheeler
Wednesday, February 19, at 12 noon
In 1895, the original bodybuilder Eugen Sandow was proclaimed “the perfect man” by Dudley Sargent (YMS 1878). In 1827, former slave Belfast Burton was paid tribute by his patients and mentor in a rare broadside testimonial circulated in Philadelphia. In 1871, J.J. Woodward shared the first micrographs taken in sunlight with the Surgeon General. In 1891, Victor Emile Prouvé employed the most delicate coloring to render opium’s intoxicating sleep state in an art print distributed through subscription portfolio. In 1902, James Haran, British medical officer in newly founded Nairobi, attended all the victims of plague (the first of many outbreaks) leaving complete case records. In 1922, artist Käthe Kollwitz created pro bono a poster announcing public events during Anti-Alcohol Week in Schöneberg, a locality of Berlin. In 1978, Rachel Romero and the San Francisco Poster Brigade plastered the city with activist art “To Hell with their Profits: Stop Forced Drugging of Psychiatric Inmates” produced for the Mental Patients Liberation Movement.
These and other acquisitions are on view through May 2, 2014. They are a small sampling of the substantial number of acquisitions through endowment made by the Historical Library, Cushing\Whitney Medical Library.
Finn the Therapy Dog - the newest member of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's staff - was officially introduced to the Yale community at a coffee hour on Friday, January 24th at 10am. Finn, a certified therapy dog, attended the event with his friend, Krista Knudson.
Finn will be here every Friday EXCEPT:
- February 7
- April 4
- April 11
The library will provide coffee and snacks.
The StatLab has integrated its workshops with the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI). CSSSI has just released its spring 2014 workshop schedule. The website for more information, descriptions and registration is http://schedule.yale.edu/instruction.
Morning Workshops (9-11am in Rosenkranz)
2/7/2014 Intro R
2/14/2014 Choose your own adventure: Which citation management tool is right for you?
2/21/2014 Intro SPSS
2/28/2014 Getting Started with HPC
3/7/2014 Electronic Lab Notebooks/LA
3/12/2014 Research Impact (11am-12pm in the CSSSI)
3/28/2014 Introduction GIS (In the CSSSI)
4/4/2014 Intermediate Matlab
4/11/2014 Introduction to Spatial Analysis in R
4/18/2014 Introduction to Python
Afternoon Workshops (1:30-3:30pm in the CSSSI)
2/7/2014 Intermediate R
2/14/2014 Intro Stata 2/21/2014 Research Data Management 101
2/28/2014 Intro SAS
3/7/2014 ---to be determined---
3/28/2014 Advanced Excel
4/11/2014 Intermediate Stata
4/18/2014 Database Design
Stephen Malawista had been associated with the Yale School of Medicine for over 50 years until his death last fall. His research bridged rheumatology, cell biology, inflammation, and infectious diseases. As a colleague Gerald Weismann said of him, “One might call him one of the most original, wide-ranging, and persistent biomedical researchers of his generation. He has made an unusually large number of original contributions, working in a rather unorthodox fashion. Rather than moving in a strictly linear fashion, his work has branched and regrouped as it progressed over many years.” Malawista is best known as the co-discover of Lyme Disease. Through the work of his team on the elucidation of all aspects of the disease and its treatment, Yale and Yale-New Haven Hospital have long been a major center for Lyme Disease research.
Malawista was born in Manhattan in 1934 and graduated from Harvard and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He first came to Yale in 1958 for residency training under Paul Beeson, but he interrupted his residency to study inflammation and gout as a clinical associate under B. N. La Du and J. E. Seegmiller at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD). After completing his residency at Yale in 1963, he served as a special NIAMD fellow at Yale under Aaron Lerner. He became a member of the faculty at Yale in 1966 and served as Chief of Rheumatology for 21 years.
Before he died, Malawista gave his manuscript papers (the Malawista Papers) to the Historical Library. The Malawista Papers contain correspondence with editors, reviewer reports, drafts of articles, photographs, and handwritten notes.
Exhibit curated by Toby Appel
January 23rd-May 2nd, 2014
Harvey Cushing/ John Hay Whitney Medical Library foyer
Join us for an exhibit tour on Thursday, February 13 at 11:30. Meet at the entrance to the Medical Library. The tour scheduled for the 13th is cancelled due to inclement weather and will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Celebrating a new collection of recently donated medically themed sheet music, this exhibit highlights music on medical providers, purveyors of remedies, ailments both real and imagined, cures for all purposes (especially for lovesickness), health songs for children, and music advertising patent medicines. Most of the music was written for public entertainment, whether in London music halls, Parisian theaters, or American vaudeville and early musicals. Later songs in the collection were aired on the radio, featured in movies, recorded on record labels, or served as themes for TV shows on doctors and hospitals. Songs range from “The Cork Leg,” a traditional Irish song about a self-propelling prosthetic cork leg, to Loretta Lynn singing about the advantages of “The Pill.” The engraved and lithographed covers of the music provide striking images of medicine and popular culture.
The collection with over 1,000 items was donated to the Medical Historical Library by William H. Helfand. Discover the entire collection through the finding aid: sheet music collection.