Making the "inoperable" tumors "operable": Harvey Cushing's contributions to the surgery of posterior fossa tumors

Mahdi Malekpour, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Harvey Cushing played a pivotal role in establishing neurosurgery as a distinct surgical discipline. One of his most important contributions was defining the surgical removal of posterior fossa tumors. Compulsive preoperative evaluation followed by meticulous surgical technique as well as incorporation of maneuvers such as ventricular puncture and electrocautery further advanced resection of tumors in this region. Herein, the authors review Cushing's contributions to posterior fossa surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE15
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014



  • Brain neoplasms
  • Harvey cushing
  • Neurosurgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medicine(all)

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