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.
Harvey Cushing's drawing of the brain, 1900
Harvey Cushing's 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.
Mary Queen of Scots. Cushing Notebook #9, page 56, 1901
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