Contributions to Medicine

People often ask: “What are Mayo Clinic’s most significant accomplishments?” Here are examples from throughout our history. Visit this site again, as we continue to build out the descriptions. For a list of 150 contributions to medicine, assembled during the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial, download or print the attached pdf document.

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1950. Nobel Prize

1950: Nobel Prize for cortisone

Isolated cortisone, a hormone from the adrenal gland, leading to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases with dramatic results. Two Mayo Clinic staff members – a research scientist and a clinician – shared the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cortisone

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