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Harvey Cushing
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    (April 8, 1869-October 7, 1939)
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    Pioneering brain surgeon
    Professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School
    First to describe Cushing's disease, a malfunction of the pituitary gland
    Awarded the Lister Medal for contributions to surgery (1930)
    Known as 'the father of modern neurosurgery'
    Father of Babe Paley
    He was a heavy smoker.
    One of his secretaries said that the pituitary gland was his 'first and only true love.'
    He was described as egotistical and arrogant, with a sharp tongue. (Basically, a real-life Gregory House.)
    He refused to hire a third Jew for his medical staff, saying, 'I have no objection to Hebrews, but I do not like too many of them all at once.'
    During his senior year at Yale, he was captain of the baseball team.
    He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War I.
    He reduced mortality rates in neurosurgery from over 50% to 10%.
    He introduced the sphygmomanometer (blood pressure gage) from Europe to the US.
    Despite being brusque with colleagues, he had a great bedside manner, even going so far as to personally prepare pre-operation breakfasts for his patients.
    He won a Pulitzer Prize for writing a biography of his mentor and fellow surgeon Sir William Osler (1926).

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