Highlights From the Warren Anatomical Museum
The collections inside this museum hold intriguing objects that tell the story of 19th century American medicine
- By Brian Wolly
- Smithsonian.com, January 01, 2010
(Warren Anatomical Museum)
Dr. Harvey Cushing, a Harvard Medical School teacher and chief of surgery at Boston’s Brigham Hospital in the 1920s, is considered the “father of neurosurgery.” When other surgeons, his peers, would come to Boston, he sent them to Caproni Casts to have their hands cast in plaster, all of their right (dominant hands). He would keep one and give one to the physician. It is a peculiar preoccupation, considering that Cushing was a brain surgeon, but Hall speculates that maybe Cushing saw something in the “hand of the great surgeon.”
The above casts are of Dr. George W. Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic, Italian physician Dr. Vittorio Putti, Italian surgeon Raggaele Bastianelli, and brothers W.J. and C.H. Mayo, the founders of the Mayo Clinic.