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Day in History: Satellite gives Mayo far-reaching capabilities

September 14, 2018

1993 – 25 years ago

• A high-tech satellite that will help Mayo Clinic pioneer medicine through long-distance transmissions was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery. Clinic doctors will use the powerful communications satellite to help patients many miles away. “Telemedicine” could improve quality of care for patients in remote communities and help those in larger cities by allowing communications with specialists.

1968 – 50 years ago

• Rochester Municipal Court Judge William LaPlante has put more teeth in the court’s attitude toward petty thieves by increasing bail for shoplifters from $35 to $200.

1943 – 75 years ago

• A dental program involving treatment of teeth with a fluoride solution that has been shown in tests to have checked decay will be begun in Rochester schools this month. There are plans to treat about 2,000 Rochester children with the fluoride solution.

1918 – 100 years ago

• The Waldron-Fanning house is now quarantined for diphtheria. The patient is recovering.

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