The Mayo Clinic Aero-Medical Unit #throwbackthursdays

oxygen-maskEven during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Mayo Clinic maintained its international outreach. Mayo's leaders were more aware than others about the gathering storm that became World War II.

As militarism advanced in Europe and Asia, it became clear that air power would play a dominant role in the war to come. And while aviation technology had advanced, human physiology had not changed. So while planes could fly faster and higher, crew members had trouble adapting; they would black out, leading to crashes, injuries and deaths.

With specialists in many fields, Mayo Clinic was uniquely positioned to assemble a multidisciplinary team, which became known as the Mayo Aero-Medical Unit.

Innovations from the Mayo-Aero Medical Unit had a widespread ripple effect, contributing to the success of open-heart surgery, commercial and military jet aviation and the space program.

Kelley Luedke (@kschrib)

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.