In 1865 when Dr. William Worrall Mayo hung out his shingle as Rochester's new doctor, no one would have predicted that this was the start of something new in medicine, turning the sleepy little town of Rochester into a place of healing that would attract people from all over the world. Woven through the narrative are accounts of how the creative horse-and-buggy doctor and his two sons, Will and Charlie Mayo, brought doctors together as a team, now known as "Group Medical Practice." In Pill Hill - Growing up with the Mayo Clinic, author Helen Masson Copeland, daughter of the distinguished Mayo Clinic surgeon, Dr. James C. Masson, shares her memories of growing up in the shadow of the famed clinic during its early years. Her memoir offers heart-warming anecdotes of life as a young girl as well as illuminating stories from her personal acquaintance with the many vivid Mayo Clinic personalities. Woven throughout the narrative are accounts of how the humble horse-and-buggy doctor William Mayo and his two sons. Will and Charlie, revolutionized the medical profession, bringing doctors together as a team at the Mayo Clinic and making possible unprecedented advances in medical research and treatment. The principles upon which they founded the Clinic: and the many accomplishments and contributions of its doctors and researchers embody the innovation and integrity of the American spirit.