American neurosurgeon and a pioneer of brain surgery.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Harvey Cushing, quarto, one page, November 11, 1936, on his letterhead for The School of Medicine at Yale University. To Dr. Glanville Y. Rusk, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, California. With two photographs of brain lesions, mounted on heavy card stock.
“Dear Rusk / So nice to get in touch with you again after all these years. I am sending the photograph of the case to which I have made brief allusion in something I am writing, to the effect that it was the first time that multiple meningiomas had been called to my attention. And as in my transfer here, the correspondence had been lost, I thought that you might perhaps have some idea about it or could give me a guess at the date. You needn’t bother to send the photograph back, for I shall not care to reproduce it. I merely wanted the information for the reasons I have given.
“I am delighted to learn of your sister’s benefit from this muscle adjustment and hope you will give her my regards and best wishes when you write her. / Always with warm regards, I am / Sincerely yours,”
Harvey Cushing’s “brief allusion” is found on page 116 of his classic Meningiomas published in 1938: “While there have been reports in the literature of multiple intracranial tumors which may possibly have been meningiomas our attention was first drawn to the matter by Dr. G. Y. Rusk who many years ago from the Pathological Institute on Ward’s Island sent us photographs of the meninges of a brain showing four or five small isolated tumors.”
Meningiomas are slow growing tumors. A quarter of patients with meningioma present with epilepsy; in the remainder, the effects of the pressure of the growing tumor (headache, vomiting, cet.) often become evident first. While medical writings from as early as the 18th century make reference to these tumors, Harvey Cushing first introduced the term “meningioma” and documented his work Meningiomas, describing their development.
In 1936, Glanville Rusk was the head of the Department of Pathology at the University of California’s Medical School.
Matted in ivory and tan , in a dark wood frame, with a waist-length portrait of Doctor Harvey Cushing in a lab coat. Framed dimesnions are 26 inches wide by 18 3/4 inches high.
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