Charles Horace Mayo


Charles Horace Mayo


In Dr. Mayo’s mail one morning was a letter from a spiritualist. “Ever since your late great father passed over,” it read, “he has been my doctor. What do you say to that?” Mayo picked up his pen and drafted a reply: “Fine! Please estimate what my father’s services have amounted to and send the money to me.”


There are two objects of medical education: To heal the sick, and to advance the science.

~Charles Horace Mayo
Biographical Note: 

Charles Horace Mayo was a U.S. surgeon, cofounder (with his brother William James) of the May Foundation for Medical Education and Research. He also set up in collaboration with his brother, the Mayo Clinic at St Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. The hospital had been originally erected by their father, the surgeon William Worrall Mayo.