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- One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
- Alice James
- Let's not kid ourselves. Whatever we diagnose, most patients, if they don't die, get well by themselves. Our job is mainly to try to make them feel better; do no harm.
- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, Wake Up Call, 1992
- Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
- Dr. Martin Henry Fischer
- Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
- Jewish Proverb
- Thatís the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
- [Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)
- Orthodox medicine has not found an answer to your complaint. However, luckily for you, I happen to be a quack.
- Richter cartoon caption
- One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
- Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), Aphorisms from his Bedside Teachings (1961) p. 105
- The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
- Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), In H. Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler (1925)
- 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) "Science and Scientism"
- The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)