AANS Presidential Address: The tradition of Harvey Cushing commemorated by a stamp in the Great American stamp series

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✓ With the announcement that Harvey Cushing is to be honored by a United States postage stamp in the Great American stamp series, the qualities that this remarkable man possessed are reviewed — artist, author, bibliophile, scientist, soldier, physician, and teacher. The events that led to Cushing becoming a neurosurgeon are summarized. The recognition by the United States Postal Service of physicians and others who have appeared on stamps that had some relationship to Cushing's activities is discussed. Based on the tradition of Harvey Cushing, eight guidelines are presented.

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    Upper: President Ronald Reagan and Postmaster General Robert Tisch in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 8, 1987, after the President had announced the stamp honoring Harvey Cushing and he and the Postmaster General had unveiled the art work. Photograph by Bill Fitz-Patrick, The White House. Lower: The author in the Oval Office at the White House with President and Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. John Hay Whitney (Betsy Cushing). A Steuben glass bowl is being presented to the Reagans commemorating the occasion. Included in the engraving on the bowl were the following words taken from Dr. Loyal Davis' obituary of Harvey Cushing:23 “Surgeon, author, artist, bibliophile, soldier, scientist… the world will come to honor him as a great physician… he would have considered that the highest praise.” Photograph by Pete Souza, The White House.

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    For a description of these postage stamps see the text. Stamps reproduced × 0.75.

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    For a description of these postage stamps see the text. Stamps reproduced × 0.75.

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    Water color painting by Harvey Cushing, from the book A Visit to Le Puy-En-Velay. An Illustrated Diary.19

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    Harvey Cushing's handwritten note on his personal collection of reprints indicating that this article represented his first medical writing.

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