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Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Here is the first biography to appear in fifty years of Harvey Cushing, a giant of American medicine and without doubt the greatest figure in the history of brain surgery.
Drawing on new collections of intimate personal and family papers, diaries and patient records, Michael Bliss captures Cushing's professional and his personal life in remarkable detail. Bliss paints an e
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 24th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When one reads a biography, the most frequent impression is often one of awe. When one reads a biography about someone who's life's work was the same as the readers, it moves one in all so many ways. When one reads a biography of a giant of a man, an inventor, a creator, in one's field, it is overwhelming.
This book, " Harvey Cushing, A Life in Surgery" by Michael Bliss, is such a book. Dr. Cushing, the father of neurosurgery, at the incunabula, multiple operations on awake patients and the in
Leonardo Ferreira
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and detailed biography of one of the giants of medicine of last century.
The hard work, the passion, the intensity, the constant traveling, the aloofness in his own family life. Witnessed the creation of a new field (neurosurgery) and the gradual ascension of American medicine to eventually overtake European medicine as the best in the world while turning these pages. Very inspiring.
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Quite a life
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s a lot to admire about Cushing, even if he’s not exactly likeable. Such an engrossing biography – at times, unexpectedly comical (esp. when we’re introduced to Walter Dandy)
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a scalpel junkie this book was amazing. At the time of surgeries bloom with appendictomies being considered "new and exciting", all the names we came across in medical school like osler, dandy, kocher, sherrington, zollinger and carrel working together advancing medicine.

now harvey blew me away, it was nice seeing him having the same trouble we had in med school. he had amazing energy, dedication. i never came across someone who cared for his patients as much as he did. he might not have had
Abdulaziz Albabtain
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Where do I begin?!

This is a biography unlike any other, you not only read about Cushing but Osler, Penfield, Codman, Dandy, Horsley, Cutler, the Mayo Brothers and so many leading figures in the history of medicine.

This is the story of neurosurgery being born in the middle of modern medicine's renaissance, a time when places like Johns Hopkins, Mayo clinic, Cleveland clinic and Harvard started to appear and flourish.

The book is focused mainly on Cushing as a person and how he dealt with his famil
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Well written, extensive overview of Cushing's life and additionally of the rise of modern surgery. Due to Cushing's wide contacts with other prominent doctors, among others William Halsted, William Osler, William Welch, and Arnold Klebs, the biography offers a great tour through international medicine in early 20th century. The introductions of anesthesia, blood pressure measuring, sepsis-free operating, silk suturing and the modern residency system, pass the revue. Dr. Cushing is a great humble ...more
Kaushik Iyer
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Quite excellently written and absolutely fascinating. I'd read a little about Cushing before in Bliss' other excellent biography, William Osler: A Life in Medicine, but this book stands alone as an incredibly detailed, engaging survey of his life and work. ...more
Longwinded and sometimes tedious, nevertheless, this was still a fascinating biography of a fascinating man. Harvey Cushing is the father of modern neurosurgery. He and his acolytes invented some of the techniques and equipment that are still in use today to explore and repair the brain.
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Jula-Louise Vladár
my hero, my inspiration in an account that does not shy away from his flaws.
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Ismael Miller
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. An incredible account to the father of neurosurgery.
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Michael Bliss was a Canadian historian. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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