“The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.” - William Osler
Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom. Let not your conceptions of disease come from words heard in the lecture room or read from the book. See, and then reason and compare and control. But see first.” - WIlliam Osler
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity”- Hippocrates
“He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.” - William Osler
No physician is really good before he has killed one or two patients. ~Hindu Proverb
No man is a good physician who has never been sick. ~Arabic Proverb
It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy. ~Chinese Proverb
A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
Faith and knowledge lean largely upon each other in the practice of medicine. ~Peter Mere Latham
Each patient ought to feel somewhat the better after the physician's visit, irrespective of the nature of the illness. ~Warfield Theobald Longcope
If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill. ~African Proverb
The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease. ~French Proverb
No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself. ~Chinese Proverb
Greek: Ὁ βίος βραχύς, ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή, ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξὺς, ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερὴ, ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.
Latin: Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile. ”
English: Life is short, art [of medicine] is long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decisions difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate - Hippocrates
As to diseases, make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm.” - Hippocrates
“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” - Hippocrates
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” - Hippocrates