The Cushing Center

Cushing sketching post-operative for patient records. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Cushing Operates on his 2000th Verified Brain Tumor, April 15, 1931. Dr. Walter W. Boyd a photographer of medical surgeries and Dr. Richard U. Light (one of Cushing's last residents and also an avid photographer) filmed tumor operation for prosperity. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Pages from a journal Cushing compiled on Major General Leonard Wood including pages from his patient records, newspaper clippings and articles, and telegrams and letters. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Pages from a journal Cushing compiled on Major General Leonard Wood including pages from his patient records, newspaper clippings and articles, and telegrams and letters. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Pages from a journal Cushing compiled on Major General Leonard Wood including pages from his patient records, newspaper clippings and articles, and telegrams and letters. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Pages from a journal Cushing compiled on Major General Leonard Wood including pages from his patient records, newspaper clippings and articles, and telegrams and letters. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Pages from a journal Cushing compiled on Major General Leonard Wood including pages from his patient records, newspaper clippings and articles, and telegrams and letters. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Dr. Spencer re-examines the specimen slices of Major General Leonard Wood. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
An example of the thousands of patient photos from of the Tumor Registry. Of the 10,000 or more glassplate and film negatives only a fraction of them have been digitized. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
An example of the thousands of patient photos from of the Tumor Registry. Of the 10,000 or more glassplate and film negatives only a fraction of them have been digitized. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
An example of the thousands of patient photos from of the Tumor Registry. Of the 10,000 or more glassplate and film negatives only a fraction of them have been digitized. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
An example of the thousands of patient photos from of the Tumor Registry. Of the 10,000 or more glassplate and film negatives only a fraction of them have been digitized. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
An example of the thousands of patient photos from of the Tumor Registry. Of the 10,000 or more glassplate and film negatives only a fraction of them have been digitized. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
Photos taken by Dr. Walter W. Boyd of Cushing as he operates on his 2000th verified brain tumor, April 15, 1931. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Photos taken by Dr. Walter W. Boyd of Cushing as he operates on his 2000th verified brain tumor, April 15, 1931. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Patient with scarred head. (Photo credit: Cushing Tumor Registry)
Cushing at his 70th birthday, April 8, 1939, with Dr. Louise Eisenhardt, his long time colleague and first curator of the Cushing Tumor Registry. (Photo credit: Cushing-Whitney Medical Library – Yale University)
Inside the Harkness dorms sub-basement “ Brain Room” The collection was moved to Harkness from the Brady Museum in 1979. The shelving on the right wall previously held the 10,000 glassplate and film negatives of patient photos. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
An image of the construction phase of The Cushing Center located in the lower level of the Medical School Library. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
An image of the construction phase of The Cushing Center located in the lower level of the Medical School Library. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
An image of the construction phase of The Cushing Center located in the lower level of the Medical School Library. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
An image of the construction phase of The Cushing Center located in the lower level of the Medical School Library. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Forensic specialist Nicole St. Pierre packing and labeling specimens for transport. Between June 2009 and May 2010, Nicole completed restoration on 400 of the 650 specimens. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Medical School photographer & Cushing Center curator Terry Dagradi examines one of the 10,000 glassplate and film negatives from the collection. (Photo credit: Bill Sacco, Yale University)
Dr. Spencer selecting specimen jars for restoration while videographer Neal Roger and Nicole St. Pierre look on. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
On April 27, 2010, a crew assembles for several hours to move 400 newly restored specimen jars from a storage area in the medical library to the Cushing Center where they are carefully unpacked and placed on the shelves surrounding the center. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
On April 27, 2010, a crew assembles for several hours to move 400 newly restored specimen jars from a storage area in the medical library to the Cushing Center where they are carefully unpacked and placed on the shelves surrounding the center. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Dr. Dennis Spencer takes part in the event. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
On April 27, 2010, a crew assembles for several hours to move 400 newly restored specimen jars from a storage area in the medical library to the Cushing Center where they are carefully unpacked and placed on the shelves surrounding the center. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Looking down the entrance ramp of the center towards the exhibition area. Rare medical manuscripts and incunabula are on display in the side vitrines. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Display case in the center. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Looking up the ramp in the center toward the main entrance. Specimen jars on the shelves line the interior of the room. (Photo by Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Close-up of rows of specimen jars as they were stored in the sub-basement “Brain Room” in Harkness dorms. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
One of the three jars on display containing the tumors or whole brain specimen of Leonard Wood. The multiple names and numbers on the label indicate that several tumor specimens are stored in this jar. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
Objects on display include Cushing’s medical apparel, a brass sign from his office, and a cast of his right hand. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
"Leonard Wood’s brain, on display at the Cushing Center. (Photo credit: Terry Dagradi, Yale University)
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The collection of brains now on permanent exhibit in the Cushing Center at Yale's Sterling Hall of Medicine documents how medicine came to appreciate the organ's preeminence and decipher its inner workings during the past 100 years.
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