Category: Medical, dental

Mayo Clinic brothers


Image: modern photograph of “My Brother and I” bronze figures from .

While not directly a southern California topic, it would be hard to believe that no local residents traveled to the Mayo Clinic for medical care.

“Beyond their operative acuity, the Mayos hit on the brilliant (and then revolutionary) idea of hiring other doctors, not only to help in the operating room but also those who specialized in other area in order to build a large group practice under one roof.

“Charlie and Will received some of the greatest honors in medicine. As brothers, they were so devoted to one another that in July 1939, only a few months after Charlie died in May 1939, Will passed away, too.”

Excerpts from .

A documentary about the clinic is being aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and can be watched online at .

“Imagine the loss that not only the Mayo family felt that summer but the Rochester [Minnesota] area as a whole — and at a time when it appeared the whole world was going to hell in a hand-basket. Less than two months later, Hitler invaded Poland and World War II was underway, and everyone knew there was no way America could stay out of it.



Handwriting on this implies that it is from 1939. The red rubber stamp appears to show “Feb. 27 39” with “MOR” initials. At the top, the writing may mean “Circulate in retail stores 3 Oz. size, ” again with the “MOR” initials. Perhaps “3-1-39” initialed by “KFM” means that whatever was requested was done. This might be an ad or a store display sign (suggested by the arrow at the lower right). Anyway, the image of the fellow with a big head is eye-catching and effective. The image source is unknown.

A more traditional advertisement is shown below.


Ad appearing in April 15, 1939 issue of Liberty: .

Source: Charles Perrien
Restoration by: Charles Perrien

Painless Parker

17feb18painless Required to only practice dentistry in California under one’s actual name, Edgar Rudolph Randolph Parker legally changed it to his nickname Painless Parker. He was controversial mainly for his advertising and his operation as a corporate dentist (multiple offices with his name but employing other dentists to do the work). His Los Angeles office opened in 1912 and was still there under his name in 1939.

Learn more at or download this 2015 article from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: go to , then search for “Painless Parker” 2015 . Apparently it can’t be linked directly.