Neurosurgery in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1869-04-08 Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1939)
  • 1872-11-03 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, born in Coleford, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1939)
  • 1891-01-26 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
  • 1904-01-19 James W. Watts, American neurosurgeon, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1915-07-01 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1950-11-07 Alexa Canady, 1st African-American female neurosurgeon and educator, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1951-09-18 Ben Carson, American neurosurgeon, Republican politician and US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1957-06-26 Philippe Couillard, 31st Premier of Quebec and Minister of Health, born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Deaths

  • 1939-10-07 Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies), dies at 70
  • 1939-11-25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • 1955-12-13 Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • 1994-11-15 James W. Watts, American neurosurgeon, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
  • 2001-01-30 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, dies at 85
  • 2010-09-27 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)