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November 20th, 2012

Career Influenced by The Mayo Clinic and an Alligator

By Makala Arce MakalaArce

Dr. McCullyMy wife, Marion, and I are both third generation natives of Florida. And so, heading up to Minnesota in our old Volkswagen bug for my three year residency at Mayo Clinic seemed like an adventure to the north pole. We soon learned to love Rochester and the good people there, and we have always had fond memories of our time in Minnesota. The mother of one of my classmates lived on the coast of southern Georgia, and she wanted him to move there and practice at the local hospital. During his visit to see if this was a good place to begin his career, he came upon a large alligator near his mother's house. As he was from Minnesota, he returned to Rochester and declared that: "There is no way I am taking my children to live in a place with huge reptiles in the yard." As a Floridian, this didn't bother me in the least—I joined the hospital staff there and practiced in Georgia and Florida for the next thirty years. Since I have retired I have written a memoir, Good Times in the Hospital. Although this is mostly a collection of humorous anecdotes, it also reflects the importance of compassionate care that was impressed upon me during my years at The Mayo Clinic.

Written by J. G. McCully MD

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Tags: Good Times in the Hospital, J. G. McCully MD, residency

November 20th, 2012

Brain tumor surgery stops seizures

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Emily CrawfordWhen 9-year-old Emily Crawford began having seizures, the symptoms were subtle.

"At times, Emily just wouldn't respond to anything," says her mother, Rebecca Crawford. "She would look around, fidget with her hair or buttons, or move her foot, but she didn't seem to know what was going on. She wasn't in the present."

Over the next few weeks, Emily's episodes became more disturbing. Her parents took her to a pediatrician. The results of an electroencephalography (EEG) test came back normal. But a pediatric neurologist detected something suspicious on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of Emily's brain and recommended the Crawfords take Emily to Mayo Clinic for a thorough evaluation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Emily Crawford, Matthew Clark PhD, pediatric neurology, seizures

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