Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quotes: Medicine (1)

Medicine 982 "…that he cares infinitely more for science than for mankind…patients are interesting to him only as subjects for some new experiment…would sacrifice human life, his own among the rest…for the sake of adding so much as a grain of mustard-seed to the great heap of his accumulated knowledge." Hawthorne: “Rappaccini’s Daughter.” The modern physician's code? RayS.

Medicine 327 "It takes a wise doctor to know when not to prescribe." Gracián. 1647. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. When in doubt, let Nature take her course. RayS.

Medicine 327 "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. 1974. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Medicine, the new superstition? RayS.

Medicine 327 "Before undergoing a surgical operation arrange your temporal affairs; you may live." Ambrose Bierce. 1906. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Medicine 86 "God heals, and the doctor takes the fee." Benjamin Franklin. Portable Curmudgeon. I hope to live to be 105 years old so I can answer the question, "What's the secret of your longevity?" with the words, "I stayed away from doctors." RayS.

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