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The Writer’s Almanac for April 8, 2017: At Quarter to Five

Apr. 8, 2017: birthday: Harvey Cushing

It’s the birthday of Harvey Cushing (books by this author), scientist and “father of neurosurgery,” born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1869. Cushing pioneered the use of X-rays in the diagnosis of brain tumors, and developed methods to improve patient survival after major brain operations. He was the first to describe Cushing’s disease, caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland. As well as being a talented surgeon, Cushing was also a fine writer. He was awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for biography for a book about the life of Sir William Osler, an early figure in modern medicine, titled The Life of Sir William Osler (1925). Cushing was a Nobel Prize candidate a total of 38 times.