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Special Events


Mayo Clinic
History of Medicine Society
Lecture Series 2017

To access videos of History of Medicine Society lectures, click on link and in "Search all Media" box, type History of Medicine Society to retrieve listing.

All lectures in this series begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free and open to Mayo staff, residents, students, patients, visitors and the community.

In order to provide adequate seating and food for these events please RSVP at least 2 days before the presentation.  Phone (507) 284-3676 or email:  

January 18 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium 
Building a Shared Identity: Filipino Nurses Exchange Experiences From the Late 1960s and Beyond
Julie A. Lundberg, MAN, RN, CCRN & Kathleen K. Zarling, MS, APRN, NC-BC, CTTS, MAACVPR, FPCNA

March 22 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium
St. Marys Hospital 1889-1953: An Architectural History
Mr. Ken Allsen, Local Author and Architectural Historian, Rochester, MN

May 10 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium
The History of Otorhinolarngology at Mayo Clinic: The Birth and Development of a Surgical Subspecialty
Dr. Matthew L. Carlson, Otorhinoloryngology, Gonda 12-South

July 17 (Mon.) Phillips Hall
Lager vs. Listerism: Comparing the Brewers Schuster and the Doctors Mayo
Dr. Christopher J. Boes, Neurology, Mayo W-8

September 11 (Mon.) Leighton Auditorium
Mayo Clinic: World Famous Medical Center to the Region
Jennifer Gunn, Ph.D., Director, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota, MN

October 23 (Mon.) Leighton Auditorium
The Patient Experience of Illness: A Historical Tour through Art 
Dr. T. John (Jock) Murray, FRCPC, - W. Bruce Fye Visiting Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, CA

November 13 (Mon.) Phillips Hall
French Caricatures of Doctors (1906-1926): Graphic Satire and the Search for Hidden Meanings
W. Bruce Fye, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

About the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Specialty: History of Medicine and Rare Books
Tel: 284-3676
Fax: 284-3135
Pummer Building, 15th floor, room 15-07.

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints. 

Borrowing Privileges
Older works are non-circulating and may be used by calling for an appointment (284-3676). Contemporary support materials (recently published historical accounts, biographies, etc.) are available for circulation. Borrowing privileges are extended to faculty, students and employees of Mayo Foundation.


  • Tours by appointment only
  • Reference consultations
  • Image research for historical medical figures and subjects
  • Digital imaging by arrangement 

Loan Policies

  • Classic monographs and journals: non-circulating
  • Selected contemporary monographs/journals: Two weeks, two renewals
  • Media: Two weeks, two renewals

In The Spotlight


Hilary J. Lane
Instructor in History of Medicine 
Coordinator - W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library 
Phone: 507-284-3676


Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tours by appointment only.
Call or email for other arrangements.