Medicine: To Patriarch Mayo

On a clear, cold day last week two past presidents of the American Medical Association and the wife of a third proceeded with their kin (doctors and wives of doctors) to an old frame house on the highway which runs through small Le Sueur, Minn. In front of the house was a new road marker engraved with the legend which brought the travelers to freezing Le Sueur. It read:

In this residence from about 1858 until 1863 lived Dr. William W. Mayo, noted physician and father of the world-famous surgeons, Dr. William J. and Dr. Charles Mayo, the former being born here...

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