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Open to the public: Neurosurgery Before Neurosurgery: The Formative Years 1517-1867

Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, Neurosurgeon and Rare Book Collector
Neurosurgery Before Neurosurgery: The Formative Years 1517-1867

presented by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library & Archives

Date:    Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:30pm
Location:   Library, Szybalski Reading Room


Neurosurgery as a surgical discipline is often attributed to the early 20th Century. However, the transition to modern concepts of surgical intervention began in the 16th Century. This lecture will illustrate the early development of neuroanatomy and neurosurgery, with emphasis on a selection of illustrated material found in medical works published from the 16th through the 18th Centuries. The images include surgical portraits of patients, genre scenes of neurosurgeons at work, and anatomical dissections of the brain. During this time, the early signs of the modern concepts of surgical intervention were evident.

Eugene S. Flamm, MD, FAANS, FACS, FASA, is currently the Jeffrey P. Bergstein Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1962, Dr. Flamm became a respected expert on intracranial neurosurgery, specializing in aneurysms, brain tumors, and vascular malformations. His career has taken him from his training at Cornell-NY Hospital, NIH, NYU Medical Center and the University of Zurich to Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at both the University of Pennsylvania and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His love for books began at a very early age and eventually inspired him to study the Romantic poets while he was an undergraduate at Princeton. His rare book collections have focused on the history and anatomy of the brain and its surgery.