Cushing, Harvey William (1869–1939)

Harvey Williams Cushing

Harvey Cushing was a 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.