The Mayo brothers and Harvey Cushing: A review of their 39-year friendship through their personal letters

Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, J. Michael Homan, Edward R. Laws, John L.D. Atkinson, Ross H. Miller

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Abstract

Mayo Clinic founders, William J. Mayo and Charles H. Mayo, and Harvey W. Cushing were among the most significant pioneers of modern American surgery. A review of their personal correspondence reveals a special relationship among these three individuals, particularly between William Mayo and Cushing. Their interactions within the Society of Clinical Surgery initiated their close personal and professional association, which would endure for 39 years. William Mayo strongly supported Cushing's efforts to develop the specialty of neurological surgery, and Cushing sought Mayo's advice in making important career-related decisions. Their supportive friendship and professional alliance remains an example for future generations of neurological surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-396
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume102
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Charles H. Mayo
  • Harvey W. Cushing
  • History of neurosurgery
  • Mayo clinic
  • William J. Mayo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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