Honoring a Mayo Clinic Innovator

Dr. Earl Wood, who helped Mayo Clinic pioneer heart surgery and also invented the G-suit that made high-altitude flight and space travel possible, died this week at age 97. You can read about him and see a documentary about his work here on the Mayo Clinic News Blog.

As I was searching for some related links for that post (as part of my “day” job), I came across the documentary you see below, which won the “Legacy Award” from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Greatest Generation Film Contest in 2008. For technical reasons, I couldn’t embed this in the News Blog post, so I decided to do it here, to honor a great inventor who made a difference.


Inventing the G-suit: The Life story of Dr. Earl Wood from Dusty Road Productions on Vimeo.

Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 14. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

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