My Brother and I: The Founding of Mayo Clinic – Preview

“Your greatest success wasn’t as surgeons,” a friend told Dr. William J. Mayo. “It was as brothers. There’s never been anything like it.”

Using rare archival movies and photos, as well as interviews with people who knew the Mayo brothers, this film brings the remarkable founders of Mayo Clinic to life.

Evolving from a family’s horse-and-buggy medical practice in the Victorian era to a “clinic in the cornfield” at the turn of the century and eventually to a world-renowned medical center, Mayo Clinic is a direct expression of the values of the Mayo brothers.

This film is narrated by Garrison Keillor, whose incomparable story-telling ability makes My Brother and I a special treat!

Mayo Clinic Heritage Films produces original documentaries and dramatizations about key aspects of Mayo’s history. With the generous support of our benefactors, these award-winning films include cinematography of the highest quality; rare photos, movies and artifacts; and interviews with people who took part in historic events. Enjoy these preview clips and visit: to purchase the full-length DVD. Proceeds from the sale of each film support Mayo’s not-for-profit mission of excellence in patient care, research and education.


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