The Willius Society
The Center for the History of Medicine was created in 2006 to support historical research about Mayo Clinic and the history of medicine. One mission of the Center is to enhance the quality and quantity of historical research, publications, and presentations by Mayo staff, trainees, and students through group tutorials, individual mentoring, and history “consults.”
To foster historical research amongst Mayo Clinic residents and fellows, the Willius Society was formed. This society seeks to bring historical perspectives to bear on contemporary health issues.
The Society was named after a Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. Fredrick Willius. Dr. Willius came to Mayo as a fellow on July 1, 1915, and had a prolific career here. According to Mayo Authors Database, he wrote 316 articles, eight book chapters and five books sharing his medical research and history of medicine interests with the world.
The first Willius Society meeting was held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Plummer Hall Reading Room of the Plummer Library. Dr. John Bois welcomed attendees and introduced the new Society. Dr. Chris Boes presented on “The Difficulty of Identifying New Disease: Examples from Osler and Horton” and Dr. David Burkholder presented on “The Origin of Woltman’s Sign of Myxedema.”
Visit the Society’s website at The Willius Society: A History of Medicine Organization for Mayo Clinic Residents and Fellows.
Coordinator, Mayo Historical Unit
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