Cushing as Artist

Harvey Cushing was a skilled artist.  In his years at Hopkins, Cushing drew many medical illustrations that were published in medical journals.  It was at this time that he met Max Brödel, the celebrated professional medical illustrator.  Brödel’s contributions were enormous and there is little doubt that Cushing’s skills improved significantly under Brödel’s tutelage.  Cushing used illustrations to document his patients and their disease, to record operative procedures and pathology, and to detail his pursuits and interests in his travel diaries.   

The red tiled roofs and a stream at the town of Coudes, France

Appears at the beginning of Harvey Cushing’s diary “A Visit to Le-Puy-en-Velay”

August 26, 1900


Mary Queen of Scots
Cushing Notebook #9, page 56, 1901


Watercolor painting
Cushing Notebook #15, page 43, 1900



Harvey Cushing drawing of the brain specifying the motor area of the brain 1906

Drawing of the motor area of the brain published in W. W. Keen's Surgery in 1908. The individual depicted has been thought to represent William Osler, but Michael Bliss suggests it might be Edward Cushing, Harvey's brother.


Harvey Cushing drawing of the brain 1900