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Charles Mayo
(19 Jul 1865 - 26 May 1939)

American surgeon and philanthropist , who, with his brother William James, ran the Mayo Clinic founded their father, William Worrall Mayo.


Science Quotes by Charles Mayo (10 quotes)

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Good health is essential to happiness, and happiness is an essential to good citizenship.
— Charles Mayo
Journal of the American Dental Association (1919).
Science quotes on:  |  Citizenship (6)  |  Essential (200)  |  Good (889)  |  Happiness (116)  |  Health (193)

The fact that death from cancer is on the increase is not only a problem of medicine, but its at the same time testifies to the wonderful efficiency of medical science... [as it] enables more persons top live long enough to develop some kind of cancer in old and less resistant tissues.
— Charles Mayo
Charles H. Mayo and William A. Hendricks, 'Carcinoma of the Right Segment of the Colon', presented to Southern Surgical Assoc. (15 Dec 1925). In Annals of Surgery (Mar 1926), 83, 357.
Science quotes on:  |  Cancer (55)  |  Death (391)  |  Develop (268)  |  Development (424)  |  Efficiency (46)  |  Enable (119)  |  Enough (341)  |  Fact (1212)  |  Increase (211)  |  Kind (557)  |  Life (1799)  |  Live (629)  |  Long (789)  |  Medical Science (18)  |  Medicine (378)  |  More (2559)  |  Old (480)  |  Old Age (33)  |  Person (363)  |  Problem (679)  |  Resistance (40)  |  Science (3880)  |  Testimony (21)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tissue (45)  |  Top (96)  |  Wonder (236)  |  Wonderful (149)

The prevention of disease today is one of the most important factors in line of human endeavor.
— Charles Mayo
Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (1913).
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (332)  |  Endeavor (67)  |  Factor (46)  |  Human (1470)  |  Important (210)  |  Most (1729)  |  Prevention (35)  |  Today (314)

The safest thing for a patient is to be in the hands of a man engaged in teaching medicine. In order to be a teacher of medicine the doctor must always be a student.
— Charles Mayo
Proceedings of the Staff Meetings of the Mayo Clinic (1927).
Science quotes on:  |  Doctor (187)  |  Man (2249)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Must (1526)  |  Order (632)  |  Patient (199)  |  Safest (7)  |  Safety (54)  |  Student (301)  |  Teacher (143)  |  Teaching (188)  |  Thing (1915)

The scientist is not content to stop at the obvious.
— Charles Mayo
'Problems in Medical Education', Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (1926), 18, 1093. Cited in The Journal of the American Dental Association (1955), 50, 198. , Volume 50
Science quotes on:  |  Contentment (11)  |  Obvious (126)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Stop (80)

The sooner patients can be removed from the depressing influence of general hospital life the more rapid their convalescence.
— Charles Mayo
Lancet (1916).
Science quotes on:  |  Depression (25)  |  General (511)  |  Hospital (43)  |  Influence (222)  |  Life (1799)  |  More (2559)  |  Patient (199)  |  Rapidity (26)

The trained nurse has given nursing the human, or shall we say, the divine touch, and made the hospital desirable for patients with serious ailments regardless of their home advantages.
— Charles Mayo
Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (1913).
Science quotes on:  |  Advantage (135)  |  Ailment (6)  |  Desirable (33)  |  Desire (204)  |  Divine (112)  |  Home (170)  |  Hospital (43)  |  Human (1470)  |  Nurse (25)  |  Nursing (9)  |  Patient (199)  |  Say (984)  |  Serious (91)  |  Touch (142)  |  Train (114)  |  Training (80)

There are two objects of medical education: To heal the sick and to advance the science.
— Charles Mayo
Collected Papers of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation (1913).
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (280)  |  Education (379)  |  Healing (25)  |  Medical Education (2)  |  Medicine (378)  |  Object (422)  |  Science (3880)  |  Sick (81)  |  Sickness (26)  |  Two (937)

While there are several chronic diseases more destructive to life than cancer, none is more feared.
— Charles Mayo
Charles H. Mayo and William A. Hendricks, 'Carcinoma of the Right Segment of the Colon', presented to Southern Surgical Assoc. (15 Dec 1925). In Annals of Surgery (Mar 1926), 83, 357.
Science quotes on:  |  Cancer (55)  |  Chronic (5)  |  Destruction (125)  |  Disease (332)  |  Fear (199)  |  Life (1799)  |  More (2559)

Worry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.
— Charles Mayo
Leonard Louis Levinson, Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations (1972). Cited in Bill Swainson, Encarta Book of Quotations (2000), 624.
Science quotes on:  |  Circulation (24)  |  Death (391)  |  Doubt (305)  |  Gland (14)  |  Heart (230)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Known (454)  |  Man (2249)  |  Nervous System (34)  |  Never (1087)  |  Overwork (2)  |  System (537)  |  Whole (738)  |  Worry (33)


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