Prof. Toni Lerut, KU Leuven
Harvey Cushing In Flanders Fields
The name of Dr Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) is inextricably linked with the homonymous syndrome and disease.
Harvey Cushing 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 Third Battle of Ypres in the summer of 1917.
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In Flanders Fields Museum, Gateways to the First World War and the University of Kent present a series of eight seminars in Canterbury and Ieper, free and open to all.
Canterbury Seminars will take place in Eliot Lecture Theatre 2, Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NS, from 6pm.
IMAGE: Harvey W. Cushing (courtesy The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The John Hopkins Medical Institutions).