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New Haven, Connecticut

Obscura Day 2015: The Cushing Brain Collection

Join us as we tour a historic collection of diseased brains and their new, custom-built home.

This Obscura Day, join us as we visit the extraordinary Cushing Brain Collection.

Located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library of Yale University, the Cushing Center is arguably as unique as the collection itself. Named for 1891 Yale College graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, who has been deemed the father of modern neurosurgery, the center houses more than the 400 jars containing the brains and tumors of patients from the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry, collected from 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 historical 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 through 19th- century monographs.

Details:
Saturday, May 30; 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: $10
Meetup will be at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library entrance at the Yale School of Medicine, located at 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT