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Today: The father of neurosurgery

May 20th, 2015

Episode 375 of 1333 episodes

Dr Harvey Cushing is considered the father of neuroscience. At the beginning of the 20th century, the mortality rate for any brain surgery was around 90%, but the techniques Dr Cushing came up with considerably reduced the risk. Dr Cushing is also famous for his unique collections of brains and patient photography. About 500 brains are now preserved in glass jars at the Cushing Centre at the Yale School of Medicine, while 10,000 black-and-white photographs of patients have just been recently digitised and uploaded online. Chris Chandler is a consultant neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital.

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