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The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science

The history, innovation and touching stories behind the Ken Burns documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science

Authored by David Blistein and Ken Burns

  • The 150-year history of the Mayo Clinic begins with Dr. William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who practiced medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in Rochester, Minn.
  • The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries.

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The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science is the companion book to the two-hour PBS documentary of the same title. This book features interviews with patients including John McCain and the Dalai Lama and tells the story of William Worrall Mayo, an English immigrant who began practicing medicine with his sons Will and Charlie in the late 1800s in Rochester, Minnesota.

When a deadly tornado tore through their small community in 1883, the Mayos took charge of recovery efforts, enlisting the help of the nearby Sisters of Saint Francis to care for patients. Afterwards, Mother Alfred Moes, the leader of the convent, told Dr. Mayo she had a vision from God that instructed her to build a hospital, with him as its director. She believed it would become “world renowned for its medical arts.”

Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science is a timely look at how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years—and what that can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today.

2018• 144 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

David Blistein and Ken Burns

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