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Mayo's Spiritual Heritage

      Recognition of the spiritual dimensions of illness and healing is interwoven throughout Mayo Clinic history, sometimes visibly and sometimes invisibly. The association of the Doctors Mayo with the Sisters of Saint Francis, dating from the very early days of the practice, clearly reveals common ground shared by medicine and spirituality. A visible demonstration of spirituality at Mayo is a tapestry entitled “Renewal,” which hangs at Rochester Methodist Hospital and exemplifies the contemporary connections between spirituality and the practice of medicine at Mayo Clinic. More commonly, for patients, visitors, and staff alike, the spiritual dimensions of daily life at Mayo are invisible and difficult to articulate. So we treasure the moments when they come to light and are shaped into words. The Mayo historical collection provides glimpses of our founders' understanding of and commitment to the interrelationship of mind, body, and spirit in the whole patient.
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