Heritage Books

Battalion Surgeon

by William M. McConahey, M.D. 

Powerful first-person memoir of a physician who served as a combat medic in World War II. This updated book was republished to coincide with the 80th anniversary of D-Day in June 2024. 

The Quest of Mayo Clinic Researcher Dr. Earl H. Wood

by E. Andrew Wood

A biography of Dr. Earl H. Wood, one of Mayo Clinic’s most prominent researchers, best known for his ground-breaking work on the G-suit during World War II as well as his role in the creation of several innovative medical technologies. 

A Country Doctor’s Journey to Fight the Flu Pandemic of 1918

by Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer

Maintain isolation – practice good hygiene – wear a mask – be kind. We all know these methods of fighting COVID-19, but this prescription comes from the 1918 experience of Dr. Pierre Sartor, who battled the worldwide influenza pandemic in his small town of Titonka, Iowa.

The Peregrine Falcons of Mayo Clinic

by Matthew D. Dacy, Jacquelyn M. Fallon, Jeanne M. Klein 

Your creativity will soar through coloring and other activities as you discover how the peregrine falcon is a force of nature – and healing – at Mayo Clinic. More than a coloring book, “Taking Flight” is a tribute to the birds who inspired it. 

A Field Guide for Your Journey 

by Sister Ellen Whelan, Matthew D. Dacy

Written in an engaging, accessible style, this book tells the history of Mayo Clinic and the story of Mayo-Franciscan collaboration through the prism of our institutional values.

Poems by Sister Mary Brigh Cassidy 

Edited by Sister Lauren Weinandt and Jane K. Campion 

During her 55-year career at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Sister Mary Brigh Cassidy found time at the end of busy days to write poetry and reflect on spirituality, nature and a life of service.  

Recommended resources

There have been many books written about Mayo Clinic and its history. The titles listed in the attached PDF represent a curated but not comprehensive cross-section of books about Mayo Clinic history, heritage, culture and values. Listed in order of publication year, you may discover some of these books in libraries, stores, online retailers or other sources.  

The Other Mayo

by Judith Hartzell  

The warmly human story of Edith Graham Mayo, a devoted nurse, wife, and mother. The author of this book is a member of the Mayo family, who brings unique insight and skill in depicting the enduring values of the Mayo Clinic founders.

Edited by Matthew D. Dacy

At Mayo Clinic, art plays a key role in the healing process. This beautiful volume takes you inside Mayo Clinic’s distinctive “environment of healing” through a closer look at its iconic and diverse art collection.

by David Blistein, Ken Burns

The companion book to the two-hour PBS documentary of the same title, The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science looks at how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare for more than 150 years.

Caring Healers

by Arlene Keeling, Ph.D., R.N.  

Spanning more than a century, this book presents the spirit of nursing at Mayo Clinic. Set against the background of national and world events and mirroring the progress of medicine, readers will enjoy letters and photos made public for the first time.

by Helen Clapesattle

The classic biography of a family of physicians and the medical center that bears their name. This book has been acclaimed as the authoritative biography of Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his physician sons since it first was published in 1941.

Quotes & Pictures

by Thomas M. Habermann, M.D., Renee Ziemer, Carolyn Stickney Beck, Ph.D.

This book contains an inspiring collection of powerful insights, depicted in quotes and pictures from the family of physicians who founded Mayo Clinic.

produced by Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Mayo’s highly respected medical journal, “Mayo Clinic Proceedings,” produced this keepsake publication during the Sesquicentennial year, 2014. It features thoughtful commentaries by Mayo Clinic leaders and prominent health care scholars.