There is a room full of human brains at the Yale School of Medicine.

The story begins with Harvey Cushing, Yale class of 1891, Sterling Professor of Medicine in Neurology, and the pioneer and father of neurosurgery.

Cushing was an obsessive cataloger, and the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry, as it is known today, is an immense archive of over 2,200 case studies which includes whole human brain specimens, tumor specimens, microscopic slides, notes, journal excerpts and over 15,000 photographic negatives dating from the late 1800s to 1936. The registry itself is a treasure; a unique resource that documents the history of neurological medicine from its beginning.

Learn more about Cushing, the Brain Tumor Registry, and the “Brain Society” →

Photos: Terry Dagradi