Review of I Started All This by Charles Mayo Rankin, grandson of Dr. Charlie:
“At last W.W. Mayo, this feisty, fascinating, pioneering, remarkable little giant in nineteenth century medical practice---and his equally fascinating, practical, energetic, resourceful, admirable wife, Louise---are getting deserved recognition, for the Mayo brothers, their sons, grew up in the soil and soul of these parents. Thank you, Judith Hartzell, for your illuminating first chapter, really, of the Mayo Clinic story.”
Note: Mayo Clinic itself has been responsible for selling this book in its various vendor locations, and the Clinic is not a publicist of itself; hence no professional reviews.
And Preview. Abridged Preface to I Started All This by Dr. Kerry Olsen, surgeon at Mayo Clinic and professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine:
"William Worrall Mayo, a “little” country doctor, was the man who started it all---the patriarch of the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, history is often not kind, and the contributions of the father were soon overshadowed by the accomplishments of his sons, Will and Charlie. Many remember the elderly Mayo as only a strange, restless, wild-eyed man. His influence on his sons, however, remained strong. As Charlie said, “One of the best things that Will and I ever did was to pick the parents we had.”
"Judith Hartzell tells us why this later statement was so true. From thorough research and a gifted pen, she presents a rich tale of one of America’s most fascinating persons. W.W. Mayo was indeed a remarkable man. Uniquely educated and with many diverse talents, he was brought up in England during times of great social unrest, which strengthened a deep devotion to caring for and about his fellow man. We follow him across America, traveling throughout the early frontier regions of Minnesota until he eventually settles in Rochester. This explorer, tailor, farmer, newspaper editor, politician, riverboat operator, veterinarian, and daring surgeon became known as the one to see for medical care when others could not help."