DVD Type
Mayo Clinic Heritage Film
Video Playback Duration
35 minutes

Forever Looking Forward: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Henry S. Plummer

Dr. Will Mayo said hiring Henry Plummer, M.D., was “the best day’s work” he ever did. Meet the “diversified genius” whose innovations from nearly a century ago shape our work today. This dramatization includes historic photos and films along with contemporary interviews and actors who portray Dr. Plummer’s family, colleagues, patients and friends.

"The lifetime of Henry S. Plummer was devoted to the welfare of mankind, a great life, worthily lived, an example to us all."
— William J. Mayo, M.D., 1938

Henry Plummer was a young doctor from a small Minnesota town when he was invited to join the growing Mayo medical practice in 1901. Within a short time, he began making innovations that helped shape the future of Mayo Clinic.

  • He created the dossier medical record, which set a world standard for documenting the care that patients receive.
  • He envisioned the first medical building – beautiful as well as efficient – to support the integrated group practice of medicine.
  • He invented medical devices and advanced the understanding and treatment of thyroid diseases.

Using dramatizations, archival films, photos and interviews, this film provides a fascinating portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in the history of Mayo Clinic.

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Forever Looking Forward
Meet one of the most beloved and unforgettable characters in the history of Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic
The remarkable life of Dr. Henry S. Plummer.
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Mayo Clinic

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