Online Exhibits@Yale

Not a 'Harem': Codding, Eisenhardt, Stanton, and the Lives and Legacies of Dr. Harvey Cushing's Female Associates

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Throughout his career, Dr. Harvey Cushing employed a team of smart and dedicated women who assisted him as secretaries, typists, medical artists, operative photographers, laboratory technicians, and more. The assistants referred to themselves jokingly as Cushing's "harem," but they were far more than that.

Three of Harvey Cushing's assistants, in particular—secretary Madeline Stanton, pathologist Louise Eisenhardt, and medical artist Mildred Codding—are remembered not only for their proximity to the famed neurosurgeon, but also as leading lights in their own respective fields, with careers extending decades beyond Cushing's death in 1939. This exhibition highlights the lives and careers of these exceptional women not only to recognize the ways in which they supported Cushing's work but also to honor and celebrate their individual legacies.


This online exhibition and its physical counterpart in the Cushing Center were curated by Simbonis intern Emma Brennan-Wydra.