The Mayo Brothers

Last year I read a book about the Mayo brothers. They were two boys in a family of five kids that went with their dad on doctor’s calls in Minnesota. One time their dad had to do surgery on a boy and he didn’t survive because he had an infection. When they came home they told their mother about what happened and she remembered reading a medical journal that said infections were caused by germs. Doctor Mayo felt like he needed to learn more about infections. He wanted to go to New York he but they didn’t have money. Then his wife said what about the savings? So they went to the Bellevue Hospital in New York. He saw under a microscope what germs looked like. When he came home he told his wife that to study the germs he needed to buy a microscope. His wife then said we can get a bank loan and then buy a microscope. So they bought the microscope and the boys asked why does it have such a funny name? Their father said that “micro” means very small and “scope” means to look at things. Shortly after that he went home to Minnesota. His sons were helping him with the surgeries. They were handling the instruments. After they grew up both of his sons decided to go to medical school and become doctors to help people like their dad did. They traveled around the world one at a time to get more knowledge. Then they opened a clinic and the three of them (both brothers and their dad) ran it. They accepted everyone who came. Some people paid them a live chicken, some afresh basket of apples and others money. They also were happy to educate other doctors. At some point they decided that the clinic was too small and that they had enough money to build a new clinic. So they did just that. Even to this very day other doctor still work and perform surgery at the famous Mayo Clinic.