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Cushing, Harvey William (1869–1939)




Harvey Williams Cushing
US surgeon who pioneered many modern neurosurgical techniques and investigated the functions of the pituitary gland. In 1932 he first described the condition produced by over-secretion of adrenal hormones that is now known as Cushing's syndrome. This rare syndrome is characterized by weight-gain in the face and trunk, high blood pressure, excessive growth of facial and body hair, demineralization of bone, and diabetes-like effects.


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