Image: modern photograph of “My Brother and I” bronze figures from http://history.mayoclinic.org/ .
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.”
A documentary about the clinic is being aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and can be watched online at https://www.pbs.org/video/the-mayo-clinic-faith-hope-science-czhdtb/ .
“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.
“Think times are tough now? They’re not, compared with 1939.”