Brain Tour: the Cushing Brain Collection

Join a special Obscura Day tour with Terry Dagradi, Collection Curator at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

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Located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, the Cushing Center is arguably as unique as the collection itself.  Named for 1891 Yale College graduate, Harvey Cushing, M.D., the father of modern neurosurgery, the center houses more than the 400 jars of patients’ brains and tumors from the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry 1900-1932.

The extraordinary exhibit also includes Cushing’s skillful surgical illustrations, personal diaries, dramatic black and white patient photographs, Cushing memorabilia, as well as historic anatomical and medical materials.  Cushing’s vast collection of over 15,000 volumes in science and medicine contains major medical and scientific works ranging from 11th century manuscripts to 19th century monographs.

Currently on display are a 16th century surgical work dedicated from King Henry II to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, a 12th century manuscript describing the crusades of Richard the Lion Heart, and two works that are credited with starting the scientific revolution.


11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Attendance limit


Yale School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Special instructions

Meet at the Circulation (front) Desk