Sunday, July 24, 2005

Medical Quotations

The American College of Physicians has a nice online library of medicine quotes. Here are some from that site and a few others:

It is extremely difficult for a physician who puts too much trust in what he reads to form a proper decision from what he sees.
- Andrew Boorde

No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients.
- Hindu Proverb

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

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

Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existance.
- James Bryce

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, M.D.

What Nissl and Alzheimer could find under their microscopes they declared "neurology." What they couldn't find was psychiatry.
- Edward Shorter

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.
- Peter Mere Latham

All who drink of this remedy recover in a short time, except those whom it does not help, who all die. Therefore, it is obvious that it fails only in incurable cases.
- Galen

A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession.
- Martin H. Fischer

All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
- Thomas Mann

"She got her looks from her father: He's a plastic surgeon."
- Groucho Marx.


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