A SCIENTIFIC CONTENT LETTER BETWEEN PIONEERING NEUROSCIENTISTS: BRAIN SURGERY PIONEER AND PULITZER PRIZE RECIPIENT HARVEY CUSHING EXCHANGES SCIENTIFIC PAPERS WITH PROFESSOR FILIPPO BOTTAZZI, THE FATHER OF ITALIAN BIOCHEMISTRY
HARVEY CUSHING (1869-1939) TYPED LETTER SIGNED, “Harvey Cushing”, 1 pg., 8.5 x 11, Yale University letterhead, May 9, 1934, to Professor Filippo Bottazzi at the University of Naples, by the American neurosurgeon, pathologist, Pulitzer Prize recipient for his biography of William Osler, who was nominated at least 38 times for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In full: “I am so happy to have the reprint of your paper on muscle contractures and their physiological significance. It is a most important paper in which your priority claims regarding the function of the sarcoplasm are so well established. The whole question of neuromuscular physiology has become so complicated that I personally have not attempted to keep up with it, and consequently I am most glad to have the opportunity of reading this admirable review of your own important work. I am sending you one or two papers in return with my warm regards.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds
Filippo Bottazzi (1867–1941) is considered the father of Italian Biochemistry. His research included the action of the vertebrate heart and the physiology of muscle from which he derived his theory of the sarcoplasma. For his studies on the role of sarcoplasm in muscle contraction, and in the regulation of osmotic pressure in marine animals, between 1925 and 1938, he received three Nobel Prize nominations. In 1941 the nominations were three in the same year, but the outbreak of WWII, with the consequent suspension of the assignments, prevented him from competing for recognition.