Harvey Cushing is often referred to as the father of neurosurgery. He developed many of the basic surgical techniques for operating on the brain. This established him as one of the foremost leaders and experts in the field.

The haunting images below are part of a recently uncovered catalogue of thousands, the majority of which were taken between 1900 and 1930 and are held at Yale University. A number of these photographs have been colorized accurately by My Colorful Past.

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past

“They are amazing not because they were shot to be amazing. They were shot to be documentary, shot as the history of neuroscience was being born.” - Terry Dagradi, Cushing Center Coordinator

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past

Many hours of work has gone into accurately re-imagining the stark originals, Now the images are coming to light, but the identity of most of the patients is not known. 

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past

The haunting images were discovered in a university basement alongside shelves of brains in formaldehyde, which have bewitched medical students visiting the campus' Harkness Dormitory.

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past

Many of these candid images show the anonymous people at their most vulnerable, placing their health and trust in Cushing himself. 

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past

Dr. Cushing was given the title of the father of modern neurological surgery by using bold and novel surgical innovations in the field. His patients were among some of the first to undergo radical brain surgery and Dr. Cushing documented their progress in detail.

Cushing Tumor Registry /  Whitney Medical Library / Yale University / Colorized by My Colorful Past