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1. "As a young physician in the mid-'80s, caring for people who had contracted H.I.V., I lost two of my patients to suicide at a time when the virus was doing very little harm to them. I have always thought of them as having been killed by a metaphor, by the burden of secrecy and shame associated with the disease."
Author: Abraham Verghese
2. "Compared to the United States, physicians in Europe have a much more conservative approach to joint replacement in general."
Author: Allen Boyd
3. "Our wound is serious, but the Physician is all-powerful. Does it seem to you so small a mercy that, while you were living in evil and sinning, He did not take away your life, but brought you to belief and forgave your sins? What I suffer is serious, but I trust the Almighty. I would despair of my mortal wound if i had not found so great Physician."
Author: Augustine Of Hippo
4. "Optimist: "It is on the slow ride that the heart beats fastest."Realist: "We would've snuggled on the Ferris wheel, it's true – but only the rollercoaster could have made me scream."Pessimist: "Yes, we most wish to love those who bore us."Idealist: "Then why not live the excitement of your dreams?"Pragmatist: "Just don't fall off the Ferris wheel in your simulated swoon – wear a seat belt!"Metaphysician: "What for, when the fall would be such a short descent into heaven!"
Author: Bauvard
5. "The doctor is effective only when he himself is affected. Only the wounded physician heals"
Author: C.G. Jung
6. "I felt an inexpressible relief, a soothing conviction of protection and security, when I knew that there was a stranger in the room, an individual not belonging to Gateshead, and not related to Mrs. Reed. Turning from Bessie (though her presence was far less obnoxious to me than that of Abbot, for instance, would have been), I scrutinised the face of the gentleman: I knew him; it was Mr. Lloyd, an apothecary, sometimes called in by Mrs. Reed when the servants were ailing: for herself and the children she employed a physician."
Author: Charlotte Brontë
7. "One quarter of Medicare beneficiaries have five or more chronic conditions, sees an average of 13 physicians each year, and fills 50 prescriptions per year."
Author: Clayton M. Christensen
8. "But he alone having reached our deep corruption, he alone having taken upon himself our labors, he alone having suffered the punishments due for our impieties, having recovered us who were not half dead merely, but were already in tombs and sepulchers, and altogether foul and offensive, saves us, both anciently and now, by his beneficent zeal, beyond the expectation of any one, even of ourselves, and imparts liberally of the Father's benefits—he who is the giver of life and light, our great Physician and King and Lord, the Christ of God."
Author: Eusebius
9. "In mysticism that love of truth which we saw as the beginning of all philosophy leaves the merely intellectual sphere, and takes on the assured aspect of a personal passion. Where the philosopher guesses and argues, the mystic lives and looks; and speaks, consequently, the disconcerting language of first-hand experience, not the neat dialectic of the schools. Hence whilst the Absolute of the metaphysicians remains a diagram —impersonal and unattainable—the Absolute of the mystics is lovable, attainable, alive."
Author: Evelyn Underhill
10. "The healer and the killer both rely on the blade: the physician his scalpel, the assassin his dagger."
Author: Fiona Paul
11. "In my own experience as a physician, I have not seen a miraculous healing, and I don't expect to see one."
Author: Francis Collins
12. "Physicians, patients, and ethicists must also understand that acknowledging abuse and encouraging African Americans to participate in research are compatible goals. History and today's deplorable African American health profile tell us clearly that black Americans need both more research and more vigilance."
Author: Harriet A. Washington
13. "A modern hospital is like Grand Central Station—all noise and hubbub, and is filled with smoking physicians, nurses, orderlies, patients and visitors. Soft drinks are sold on each floor and everybody guzzles these popular poisons. The stench of chemicals offends the nose, while tranquillizers substitute for quietness."
Author: Herbert M. Shelton
14. "A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician."
Author: Hippocrates
15. "It would be a mistake, though, to consider care by family doctors or midwives inferior to that offered by obstetricians simply on the grounds that obstetricians need not refer care to a family physician or midwife if no complications develop during a course of labor."
Author: Ina May Gaskin
16. "I guessed that he was one of those ambitious young physicians who more and more fill the profession, opportunists with a fashionable hoodlum image, openly hostile to their patients. My brief stay at the hospital had already convinced me that the medical profession was an open door to anyone nursing a grudge against the human race."
Author: J.G. Ballard
17. "Across his forehead was stamped the word WORTHLESS. How ironic. Exactly what someone might find stamped on his own forehead if they could see it. Physician, heal thyself."
Author: James L. Rubart
18. "The freedom of patient speech is necessary if the doctor is to get clues about the medical enigma before him. If the patient is inhibited, or cut off prematurely, or constrained into one path of discussion, then the doctor may not be told something vital. Observers have noted that, on average, physicians interrupt patients within eighteen seconds of when they begin telling their story."
Author: Jerome Groopman
19. "This skewing of physicians' thinking leads to poor care. What is remarkable is not merely the consequences of a doctor's negative emotions. Despite research showing that most patients pickup on the physician's negativity, few of them understand its effect on their medical care and rarely change doctors because of it."
Author: Jerome Groopman
20. "You about done?" I asked him. "I need the table.""What is it with you people?" Butters groused. "For God's sake, these are real injuries here.""There will be more of them than a thousand reluctant physicians could patch up if we don't get moving," I said. "Today's serious business, man.""How serious?""Can't think when it's been grimmer," I said. "Freaking waste-of-space vampires, lying around on tables you need to use.""Useless wizards," Thomas said, "jumping on enemy guns and accidentally shooting their allies with them.""Oh," I said. "That was when I jumped Ace?"He snorted. "Yeah."
Author: Jim Butcher
21. "It becomes one who is called to be a soldier, and to go a warfare, to endeavor to excel in the art of war. It becomes one who is called to be a mariner, and to spend his life in sailing the ocean, to endeavor to excel in the art of navigation. It becomes one who professes to be a physician, and devotes himself to that work, to endeavor to excel in the knowledge of those things which pertain to the art of physic. So it becomes all such as profess to be Christians, and to devote themselves to the practice of Christianity, to endeavor to excel in the knowledge of divinity."
Author: Jonathan Edwards
22. "It was an odd relationship, but then she was an extraordinary woman: a prioress who doubted much of what the church taught; an acclaimed healer who rejected medicine as practised by physicians; and a nun who made enthusiastic love to her man whenever she could get away with it. If I wanted a normal relationship, Merthin told himself, I should have picked a normal girl."
Author: Ken Follett
23. "It's such a long mission and we get to spend so much time in space... we're doing such exciting research. And I don't want to overemphasize the life science research, but as a physician the life science research that we're doing is extremely exciting."
Author: Laurel Clark
24. "Besides, those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians. As consolation can come to them only from the person who is the cause of their grief, and as their grief is an emanation from that person, it is there, in their grief itself, that they must in the end find a remedy: which it will disclose to them at a given moment, for as long as they turn it over in their minds this grief will continue to show them fresh aspects of the loved, the regretted creature, at one moment so intensely hateful that one has no longer the slightest desire to see her, since before finding enjoyment in her company one would have first to make her suffer, at another so pleasant that the pleasantness in which one has invested her one adds to her own stock of good qualities and finds in it a fresh reason for hope."
Author: Marcel Proust
25. "Nature, ... in order to carry out the marvelous operations [that occur] in animals and plants has been pleased to construct their organized bodies with a very large number of machines, which are of necessity made up of extremely minute parts so shaped and situated as to form a marvelous organ, the structure and composition of which are usually invisible to the naked eye without the aid of a microscope. ... Just as Nature deserves praise and admiration for making machines so small, so too the physician who observes them to the best of his ability is worthy of praise, not blame, for he must also correct and repair these machines as well as he can every time they get out of order."
Author: Marcello Malpighi
26. "He had had much experience of physicians, and said 'the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not'."
Author: Mark Twain
27. "Cured yesterday of my disease,I died last night of my physician."
Author: Matthew Prior
28. "Irregular contact with doctors means many men fail to receive any preventive care for potentially life-threatening conditions. In addition, when men do seek care, embarrassment can often prevent them from openly discussing health concerns with their physicians."
Author: Michael Crapo
29. "Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hill-side, and quivered on the pilgrim's face."
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
30. "A man burdened with a secret should especially avoid the intimacy of his physician."
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
31. "...daily receiving the old physician in his study; or visiting the laboratory, and, for recreation's sake, watching the processes by which weeds were converted into drugs of potency."
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
32. "As the physicians say it happens in hectic fever, that in the beginning of the malady it is easy to cure but difficult to detect, but in the course of time, not having been either detected or treated in the beginning, it becomes easy to detect but difficult to cure"
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
33. "Butit must be said from the outset that a disease is never a mere loss or excess— that there is always areaction, on the part of the affected organism or individual, to restore, to replace, to compensate for andto preserve its identity, however strange the means may be: and to study or influence these means, noless than the primary insult to the nervous system, is an essential part of our role as physicians."
Author: Oliver Sacks
34. "Bunbury? Oh, he was quite exploded.Exploded! Was he the victim of a revolutionary outrage? I was not aware that Mr. Bunbury was interested in social legislation. If so, he is well punished for his morbidity.My dear Aunt Augusta, I mean he was found out! The doctors found out that Bunbury could not , that is what I mean—so Bunbury died.He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians."
Author: Oscar Wilde
35. "The doctors found out that Bunbury could not live, that is what I mean - so Bunbury died.He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians. I am glad, however, that he made up his mind at the last to some definite course of action, and acted under proper medical advice."
Author: Oscar Wilde
36. "The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind."
Author: Paracelsus
37. "As lower-cost phones begin to penetrate, they'll become the educator and physician everywhere on the planet."
Author: Peter Diamandis
38. "Was this an old disease, and, if so, which one? If it was new, what did that say about the state of medical knowledge? And in any case, how could physicians make sense of it?"
Author: Peter Lewis Allen
39. "But those who are incapable ofpitying animals are, as a matter of fact, incapable of pitying men.A physician who would cut a living rabbit in pieces -- laying barethe nerves, denuding them with knives, pulling them out withforceps -- would not hesitate to try experiments with men and womenfor the gratification of his curiosity."
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
40. "Just as a physician might say that there very likely is not one single living human being who is completely healthy, so anyone who really knows mankind might say that there is not one single living human being who does not despair a little, who does not secretly harbor an unrest, an inner strife, a disharmony, an anxiety about an unknown something or a something he does not even dare try to know, an anxiety about some possibility in existence or an anxiety about himself, so that, just as the physician speaks of going around with an illness in the body, he walks around with a sickness, carries around a sickness of the spirit that signals its presence at rare intervals in and through an anxiety he cannot explain."
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
41. "For the several thousands of years before they became firefighters and physicians, women were sirens, enchantresses, snares. At times it seems as if female powerlessness is male self-preservation in disguise. And for millennia, this has made for a zero-sum game: A woman's intelligence was a man's deception."
Author: Stacy Schiff
42. "I was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges."
Author: Taslima Nasrin
43. "Where there were once several competing approaches to medicine, there is now only one that matters to most hospitals, insurers, and the vast majority of the public. One that has been shaped to a great degree by the successful development of potent cures that followed the discovery of sulfa drugs. Aspiring caregivers today are chosen as much (or more) for their scientific abilities, their talent for mastering these manifold technological and pharmaceutical advances as for their interpersonal skills. A century ago most physicians were careful, conservative observers who provided comfort to patients and their families. Today they act: They prescribe, they treat, they cure. They routinely perform what were once considered miracles. The result, in the view of some, has been a shift in the profession from caregiver to technician. The powerful new drugs changed how care was given as well as who gave it."
Author: Thomas Hager
44. "To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness."
Author: Thomas Traherne
45. "If you don't open the door to him who begs your alms, one day you will have to open it to the physician."
Author: Vikrant Parsai
46. "LET us twain walk aside from the rest; Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony, Come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none—Tell me the whole story, Tell me what you would not tell your brother, wife, husband, or physician."
Author: Walt Whitman
47. "The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician."
Author: William J. Mayo
48. "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."
Author: William Osler
49. "The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases."
Author: William Osler
50. "This we prescribe, though no physician;Deep malice makes too deep incision;Forget, forgive; conclude and be agreed;Our doctors say this is no month to bleed."
Author: William Shakespeare

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