Thursday, March 6, 2008

Medical Quotes #2

More quotes... Some philosphical. Some, er, not...

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Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence. ~James Bryce, 1914


It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature. ~John Brown


The patient does not care about your science; what he wants to know is, can you cure him? ~Martin H. Fischer


Medicines heals doubts as well as diseases. ~Karl Marx


A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man - he must view the man in his world. ~Harvey Cushing


Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it. ~Ovid, Tristia


As it takes two to make a quarrel, so it takes two to make a disease, the microbe and its host. ~Charles V. Chapin


Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. ~Lewis G. Janes


Until a physician has killed one or two he is not a physician. ~Kashmiri Proverb


No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself. ~Chinese Proverb


Only one rule in medical ethics need concern you - that action on your part which best conserves the interests of your patient. ~Martin H. Fischer


To me the ideal doctor would be a man endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his mere presence. ~Henri Amiel


Medicinal discovery,
It moves in mighty leaps,
It leapt straight past the common cold
And give it us for keeps.
~Pam Ayres


When you no longer know what headache, heartache, or stomachache means without cistern punctures, electrocardiograms and six x-ray plates, you are slipping. ~Martin H. Fischer


It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy. ~Chinese Proverb


Never forget that it is not a pneumonia, but a pneumonic man who is your patient. ~William Withey Gull


It is said to be the manner of hypochondriacs to change often their physician. ~William Cullen, Practice of Physic


The road to medical knowledge is through the pathological museum and not through an apothecary's shop. ~William Withey Gull


A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
~Author Unknown


When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured. ~Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard


A half doctor near is better than a whole one far away. ~German Proverb


No doctor is better than three. ~German Proverb


I will lift mine eyes unto the pills. Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-coloured, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one. It is an age of pills. ~Malcolm Muggeridge, 1962


Man may be the captain of his fate, but is also the victim of his blood sugar. ~Wilfrid G. Oakley


Faith and knowledge lean largely upon each other in the practice of medicine. ~Peter Mere Latham


Each patient ought to feel somewhat the better after the physician's visit, irrespective of the nature of the illness. ~Warfield Theobald Longcope


Who ever thought up the word "Mammogram?" Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone. ~Jan King


Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. ~Erma Bombeck


You may know the intractability of a disease by its long list of remedies. ~Alonzo Clark


Here's good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee. ~Martin H. Fischer


Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents. ~William Osler


If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill. ~African Proverb


When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. ~Chen Jen


Symptoms are the body's mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language. ~John Brown


The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~Thomas Edison


Oh the powers of nature. She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing. ~Benvenuto Cellini


So many come to the sickroom thinking of themselves as men of science fighting disease and not as healers with a little knowledge helping nature to get a sick man well. ~Auckland Geddes, The Practitioner


Where a man feels pain he lays his hand. ~Dutch Proverb


The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease. ~French Proverb


Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing. ~Ben Hecht, Miracle of the Fifteen Murderers


The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them. ~Ecclesiasticus 38:4


A drug is that substance which, when injected into a rat, will produce a scientific report. ~Author Unknown


Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~John Diamond


The medicalization of early diagnosis not only hampers and discourages preventative health-care but it also trains the patient-to-be to function in the meantime as an acolyte to his doctor. He learns to depend on the physician in sickness and in health. He turns into a life-long patient. ~Ivan Illich


Patients may recover in spite of drugs or because of them. ~J.H. Gaddum


He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines. ~Benjamin Franklin


Physiology is the stepchild of medicine. That is why Cinderella often turns out the queen. ~Martin H. Fischer


The field of Western medicine has become literally nothing but medicine. Doctors are on their way out, to be replaced by self-serve pharmaceutical vending machines. ~Grey Livingston


The fact that your patient gets well does not prove that your diagnosis was correct. ~Samuel J. Meltzer


Man is a creature composed of countless millions of cells: a microbe is composed of only one, yet throughout the ages the two have been in ceaseless conflict. ~A.B. Christie


Our profession is the only one which works unceasingly to annihilate itself. ~Martin H. Fischer


On J-Day our profession will have a lot to answer for! We might at least have withheld our hands instead of making them work against God. ~Martin H. Fischer


The doctor may also learn more about the illness from the way the patient tells the story than from the story itself. ~James B. Herrick


Don't think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It's really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive. ~Author Unknown


Most of those evils we poor mortals know
From doctors and imagination flow.
~Charles Churchill


Men are not going to embrace eugenics. They are going to embrace the first likely, trim-figured girl with limpid eyes and flashing teeth who comes along, in spite of the fact that her germ plasm is probably reeking with hypertension, cancer, haemophilia, colour blindness, hay fever, epilepsy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ~Logan Clendening


Don't take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here. ~Author unknown, attributed to both Dan and Barbara Hladio and Thomas Boyadjis, Sr.


'Tis not always in a physician's power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. ~Ovid


And lo, The Hospital, grey, quiet, old, Where Life and Death like friendly chafferers meet. ~William Ernest Henley


For the most part, Western medicine doctors are not healers, preventers, listeners, or educators. But they're damned good at saving a life and the other aspects kick the beam. It's about time we brought some balance back to the scale. ~Claire Todae


A sweating ovary or a sick prostate explains most history. ~Martin H. Fischer


The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is hemorrhage. ~William Stewart Halsted


The public blabbers about preventative medicine, but will neither appreciate nor pay for it. You get paid for what you cure. ~Martin H. Fischer


To save a man's life against his will is the same as killing him. ~Horace


Nowadays the clinical history too often weighs more than the man. ~Martin H. Fischer


Hypochondriacs squander large sums of time in search of nostrums by which they vainly hope they may get more time to squander. ~Mortimer Collins


One doctor makes work for another. ~English Proverb


Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too. ~Anton Chekhov, Ivanov


Let the young know they will never find a more interesting, more instructive book than the patient himself. ~Giorgio Baglivi


Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. ~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, 1973

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