Medicine

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In Texas, years ago, almost all of the oil came from surface operations. Then someone got the idea that there were greater sources of supply deeper down. A well was drilled five thousand feet deep. The result? A gusher. Too many of us operate on the surface. We never go deep enough to find supernatural resources. The result is, we never operate at our best. More time and investment is involved to go deep but a gusher will pay off.
Alfred A. Montapert
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Historical quotes

  • Tum medicinali tantum florebat in arte, posset ut hic nullus languor hobere locum
  • "The unbiased opinion of most medical men of sound judgment and long experience...[holds that] the amount of death and disaster in the world would be less, if all disease were left to itself."
    • Harvard professor Jacob Bigelow, 1835.
  • "Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician."
  • "Our diseases are so old fashioned, they can't keep up with the new medicines."
  • "I firmly believe that if the whole material medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be better for mankind-and all the worse for the fishes."
  • "The college-birs are three
    Law, Physic and Divinity
    And while these three remain combined,
    They keep the world oppressed and blind...
    Now is the time to be set free,
    From priests' and Doctors' slavery.
    • 19th century rhyme associated with the Thomsonian movement
  • "The ignorance and general incompetency of the average graduate of the American medical Schools, at the time when he receives the degree which turns him loose upon the community, is something horrible to contemplate."
    • Charles Eliot, President of Harvard University, 1869
      • In response to this call for reform, Harvard Professor of Surgery Harold Bigelow replied "He actually proposes to have written examinations for the degree of doctor of medicine. I had to tell him that he knew nothing about the quality of Harvard medical students. More than half of them can barely write. Of course they can't pass written examinations...No medical school has thought it proper to risk large existing classes and larger receipts by introducing more rigorous standards."
  • "We should not encourage the medical student to while away his time in the labyrinths of Chemistry and Physiology."
    • Harvard Medical School professor, 1871.
  • "History is replete with examples of what happens when any group of authorities do not have to answer to empirical evidence but are free to define truth as they see fit. None of the examples has a happy ending. Why should it be otherwise with therapy?"
    • Robert Todd Carroll, The Skeptic's Dictionary, entry on "repressed memory therapy (RMT)"
  • "The objective of medicine is not the knowledge of the Disease, but the relieve of the suffering due to it"
    • Miguel Ángel García, spanish medical doctor
  • "From inability to let well alone; from too much zeal for the new and contempt for what is old; from putting knowledge before wisdom, science before art and cleverness before common sense; from treating patients as cases; and from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same, Good Lord, deliver us."
    • Sir Robert Hutchison, 20th century physician
            [[British Medical Journal, 1953; 1: 671.
  • The closest most doctors will ever get to empathy is cuddling a hot water bottle; the closest thing to their hearts are usually their wallets.
  • Medicine, the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence.
  • "The only real difference between medicine and poison is the dose....and intent"
    • Oscar G. Hernandez, MD
  • "Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing."
    • Voltaire (1964-1778)
  • Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity.

Quotes in fiction

  • "The smart man knows a bandage only hides his wounds."
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