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Dome - Neurosurgery's Declaration of Independence

Dome March 2015

Neurosurgery's Declaration of Independence

Date: February 27, 2015

Cushing Special Field

Neurosurgery’s Declaration of Independence

This month marks the 110th anniversary of Harvey Cushing’s historic appeal to recognize neurosurgery as an individual medical specialty. The pioneering neurosurgeon wrote his landmark paper, “The Special Field of Neurological Surgery,” while he was an associate professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins. It appeared in the Bulletin of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in March 1905. Originally delivered as a speech, the paper is now recognized as the equivalent of neurosurgery’s combined birth certificate and Declaration of Independence.

— Neil A. Grauer

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