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Medicine The Best Quotes About Medicine  

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Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability. William Osler

23 10
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

17 11
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napoleon Bonaparte

10 5
Many of us will die for science without knowing it. Gerhard Kocher

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To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. Henry Ward Beecher

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Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.

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The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

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What can't be cured must be endured. Robert Burton

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Medicine knows no limits, especially not its own. Gerhard Kocher

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Like a celestial chaperon, the placebo leads us through the uncharted passageways of mind and gives us a greater sense of infinity than if we were to spend all our days with our eyes hypnotically glued to the giant telescope at Mt. Palomar. What we see ultimately is that the placebo isn't really necessary and that the mind can carry out its difficult and wondrous missions unprompted by little pills. The placebo is only a tangible object made essential in an age that feels uncomfortable with intangibles, an age that prefers to think that every inner effect must have an outer cause. Since it has size and shape and can be hand-held, the placebo satisfies the contemporary craving for visible mechanisms and visible answers . The placebo, then, is an emissary between the will to live and the body. Norman Cousins

2 3
He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.

2 3
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals. William Osler

2 3
By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too. William Shakespeare

2 3
Mankind has survived all catastrophes. It will also survive modern medicine. Gerhard Kocher

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They had me on the operating table all day. They looked into my stomach, my gall bladder, they examined everything inside of me. Know what they decided? I need glasses. Joe E. Lewis

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The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth: and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known? -- Ecclesiasticus 38:4-5

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Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live. Ambrose Bierce

1 2
I firmly believe that if the whole material medical could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the sea.

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The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord it ain't the gout. Josh Billings

0 1
From year to year, it is more obvious: the goal of medicine is not health but the further extension of the health system. Gerhard Kocher

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A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. Thomas Jefferson

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Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. Napoleon Bonaparte

5 7
Desperate maladies require desperate remedies.

3 5
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. Napoleon Bonaparte

2 4
Sleep is better than medicine.