Dr. William J. Mayo regarded Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City as the chief
centers of early scientific medicine in America. After graduating from the University
of Michigan Medical School in 1883 at age 21, he visited New York City the following
year. It was the first of several visits, each of which lasted 6 or 7 weeks. His younger
brother, Dr. Charles H. Mayo, continued this custom after he graduated from Northwestern
University Medical School in 1888.
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