Seventh grade students had an opportunity for viewing real brains at a medical library, which brought the study of brain science to life outside the textbooks.

Viewing Real Brains at a Medical LibraryAt King/Robinson School in New Haven, seventh graders were a bit unprepared for the experience of being surrounded by dozens of bisected brains preserved in jars on a field trip to the Cushing Center at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

“This kind of creeps me out,” said Zahnira Gayles. “There’s brains everywhere.”

According to Terry Dagradi, coordinator of the Cushing Center, hundreds of students have visited the center, which holds the collection of neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing.

Among the brains lining the shelves was a horse skill with brain, showing early signs of Cushing’s disease in horses.

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