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May 10, 1952

Aphorisms of Dr. Charles Horace Mayo, 1865-1939, and Dr. William James Mayo, 1861-1939

JAMA. 1952;149(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190111041

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This small book contains 215 quotations culled from the complete writings of two great American surgeons, Drs. Charles and William Mayo; it also includes the so-called lost oration, in which Dr. William Mayo expressed the ideals of him and his brother before a Committee of the Minnesota State Legislature, in 1917.

Mayo thinking on a variety of medical, sociologic, and economic topics is exemplified by the following quotation. "Carry out the two fundamental surgical requirements: see what you are doing and leave a dry field." "When you want support for public health measures you have to educate the people. When you start to educate the people you should begin with the women because they will fight for the health of their children." "More good would come to our country through tongue control than birth control." "It is a man's duty to provide moderately for his family, but anything beyond this

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