Eccentric neurosurgical virtuoso: The life and times of William Sharpe

Roberta Rehder, Alan R. Cohen

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William Sharpe was an intriguing figure in the history of American neurosurgery. He was an extraordinarily bright and gifted man who led a flamboyant, colorful, and unconventional life. He had an international impact on the field of neurosurgery during the first half of the 20th century, yet few practicing neurosurgeons know his name. In this report, the authors discuss Sharpe's contributions to neurosurgery along with the remarkable quirkiness that came to define his professional and personal life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE10
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebral palsy
  • China
  • Harvard medical school
  • Harvey cushing
  • History
  • Pan-american medical association
  • William sharpe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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