Quotes From William Mayo, M.D. #ThrowbackThursday

William Mayo, M.D.

Dr. Will, the elder Mayo brother, was an internationally acclaimed surgeon and ambassador of the medical profession. Take a look back through the years with quotes from Dr. Will.

"The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary."

"I would admonish you, above all other considerations, to be honest. I mean honesty in every conception of the word: Let it enter into all the details of your work."

"... science knows no country."

"The ills of today must not cloud the horizons of tomorrow."

"It is for the younger people to meet the conditions of their generation in the way that appears to them to be wise and best."

"Medical science aims at the truth and nothing but the truth."

"I look through a half-opened door into the future, full of interest, intriguing beyond my power to describe, but with a full understanding that it is for each generation to solve its own problems and that no man has the wisdom to guide or control the next generation."

"Our father recognized certain definite social obligations. He believed ... that the important thing in life is not to accomplish for one’s self alone, but for each to carry his share of collective responsibility."

"It is a great thing to make scientific discoveries of rare value, but it is even greater to be willing to share these discoveries and to encourage other workers in the same field of scientific research."

"We have never been allowed to lose sight of the fact that the main purpose to be served by the Clinic is the care of the sick."

Alyssa Frank

Alyssa Frank

Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Segment Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She leads marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.