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The Brain Bank

The meticulous and macabre collection of pioneering brain surgeon Harvey Cushing is now on permanent display at the Yale Medical School Library. The Cushing Center features medical records, sketches, medical supplies, patient photographs, and tissues—including the dozens of brains that line its shelves.

Click here to see the Cushing Center in 360°




The Brain Cutter
Harvey Cushing, father of modern neurosurgery, performed his first operation as a Yale undergraduate. (The “patient” was a dog.) He didn’t work at Yale again for 40 years. But in his will, he left Yale the fruits of his labor.


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