Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science (streaming now on PBS)

Thanks to Jennifer Schram, Mayo Clinic Libraries, for this blog post. 

It was three years in the making and on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the story of Mayo Clinic came to life in the form of a Ken Burns documentary on PBS.
PBS billed "The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science" as "a timely look at how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare."

This film tells the story of the Mayo Clinic.  Dr. William Worrall Mayo was an immigrant who started practicing medicine in rural Minnesota in the late 1800’s along side his two sons.  A deadly tornado struck and the the Mayos took charge of the recovery alongside the Sisters of Saint Francis.  Mother Alfred Moes told Dr. Mayo that she had a vision from God to build a hospital with him as the director and it would become “world renowned for its medical arts.”  This is also a film that tells of how Mayo does things differently such as having doctors on salary which increases collaboration and reduces unneccessary tests.  At the Mayo Clinic, the primary value is the needs of the patient come first.  This value was developed and first stated well over 100 years ago by Dr. Will.    

"As we grow in learning, we more justly appreciate our dependence upon each other. The sum-total of medical knowledge is now so great and wide-spreading that it would be futile for one man to attempt to acquire, or for any one man to assume that he has, even a good working knowledge of any large part of the whole. The very necessities of the case are driving practitioners into cooperation. 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." -Dr. Will Mayo

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