Mayo Clinic History & Heritage
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"My Brother and I" bronze figures, Rochester, Minn.

Charles and William Mayo

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt with the Mayo brothers, 1934

Mayo Clinic Historical Timeline

Mayo Clinic Stories
Our history as it happened

Mayo Clinic ambulance at the Colonial Hospital, 1915

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1950 Nobel Prize for discovering cortisone

Impact

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Vintage tools and plans for our 1922 hospital expansion

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Mayo Clinic switchboard, circa 1950

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Historic Highlights

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Mortgage for a Microscope

Dr. W.W. and Louise Mayo were so dedicated that they mortgaged their home to buy a microscope.
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Ether Bottle

Surgical Innovations

Edith Graham, R.N., used this bottle to administer ether. It was the start of a new era …
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Mayo Family Inkwell

In 1919, the Mayo brothers and their wives signed a document that changed medical history …
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Diversified Genius

Henry Plummer, M.D., was a man of many talents …
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Lou Gehrig Baseball

When the New York Yankees legend came to Mayo Clinic in 1939, he befriended …
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Educational Outreach

For more than a century, Mayo Clinic has educated patients, medical professionals and members of the public …
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Nobel Prize Telegram

In 1950, the fastest way to send a text message was by telegram…
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U.S. Postage Stamp

In 1964, the U.S. Postal Service honored the Mayo brothers …
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