In 1921, Charles H. Mayo, M.D., and William J. Mayo, M.D, were commissioned as brigadier generals in the Medical Reserve Corps of the United States Army. The Mayo brothers combined global values and American patriotism.
Yaacov Agam created the tall, three-sided moving structure, “Welcome,” specifically for Mayo Clinic. He created the piece “to make a work that would touch everybody who comes here, that would uplift them, whatever their age or race or culture.” The sculpture resides in the north side of the Mayo Building lobby.
Top highlights include: D68 Enterovirus strain in Minnesota, Ebola crisis worsens, genetic analysis, testing for Parkinson’s disease, and overhaul of electronic medical records.
In September 1889, Edith Graham became the first professionally educated nurse in Rochester. She taught the Sisters of St. Francis in the principles of nursing and began the Mayo tradition of excellence in nurse anesthesia education. Today, the Nurse Anesthesia Program is internationally recognized for excellence.
St. Mary’s Hospital opened on Sept. 30, 1889, with 27 beds and, according to a newspaper report of the time, “every feature designed to make it pleasant and homelike for the sick.”
Top highlights include: Vaccines for pneumonia, CVS stores stop selling tobacco, measles shot for cancer, dense breast tissue, and Mayo Medical Laboratories to collaborate with Advanced Biological Laboratories.
H. J. Harwick, former executive officer of the Board of Governors, chairman of Mayo Association, chief of Clinic Administration, wrote his recollections of significant people and events in the Mayo Clinic story, “Forty-four Years With the Mayo Clinic: 1908-1952.”
Immunoglobulin M (IgM) usually circulates as a pentameric molecule with a molecular mass of almost one million. The IgM gammopathies are clonal lymphoplasmacytic cell proliferations that include monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance of the IgM type (IgM MGUS), smoldering Waldenström macroglobulinemia (SWM), and Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM).
Top highlights this week include: ALS ‘ice bucket’ challenge, Ebola efforts, Superior Drive Support Center growth, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center grant, and using genetic engineering to prevent migraines.
Seventy-five years after their deaths, Charles and William Mayo’s statues still stand in a vastly transformed Rochester. The Mayo brothers’ legacy has a significant impact on medicine and the foundation of one of the best medical centers in the nation.