The name of Dr Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) is inextricably linked with the homonymous syndrome and disease. But the merits of Harvey Cushing reach out much further than that.
In fact he was a surgeon worldwide known as the father of Neurosurgery through the development and application of his numerous innovative surgical techniques. On top of this he was during his life recognized as one of the greatest experts, if not the greatest, on the life and works of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) the father of Anatomy.
Less known however is that this American surgeon in his capacity of Head of the American Base Hospital 5, the Harvard University Hospital, witnessed from close distance the 3rd Battle of Ypres in the summer of 1917.
Harvey Cushing in Flanders fields is a fascinating report of these events as seen, multitalented as he was, from not only a surgeon’s perspective but also with the detachment of the historian and perception of an artist.
Venue: Eliot Lecture Theatre 2, Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NS
This event is part of the First World War Seminar Series organised by In Flanders Fields Museum and Gateways to the First World War. All seminars are free and open to all. The full seminar programme is published here.
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