Life is a malady whose one medicine is Death. Abu'l-'Ala Al-Ma'arri c.1000 Luzu' miyya' t, stanza 41 (translated by R A
Nicholson in Studies in Islamic
I have fallen in love with American names, The sharp, gaunt
names that never get fat, The snakeskin-titles
of mining-claims, The plumed
war-bonnet of Medicine Hat, Tucson and Deadwood
and Lost Mule Flat. StephenVincent Bene t 'American Names'.
The longer I practise medicine, the more convinced I am there are only two
types of cases: those that involve taking the trousers
off and those that don't. Alan Bennett Habeas Corpus.
merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the
bones. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs17:22.
faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find
him. Bible (Apocrypha) Ecclesiasticus 6:16.
Grief is itself a med'cine. William Cowper Poems,'Charity', l.159.
In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its
value is not in its taste, but its effects. J(ames) William Fulbright
Speech to the US Senate, 21 Apr.
well-chosen anthology is a complete dispensary of medicine for the
more common mental disorders, and may be used as much
for prevention as cure. Robert von Ranke Graves On English Poetry,'Definitions'.
Nature is nowhere accustomed more openly to display her secret mysteries
than in cases where she shows tracings of her
workings apart from the beaten paths; nor is there any
better way to advance the proper practice of
medicine than to give our minds to the discovery of the
usual law of nature, by careful investigation of
cases of rarer forms of disease. William Harvey Letter to John Vlackveld, 24 Apr.
Is there no way to beget In my limbs their
former heat? Aeson had (as Poets
fain) Baths that made him
young again: Find that Medicine
(if you can) For your
dry-decrepit man: Who would but fain
his strength renew, Were it but to
pleasure you. Robert Herrick 'To His Mistress'.
It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine
advertisement without being impelled to the conclusionthat
Iamsuffering fromtheparticulardisease therein dealt with
in its most virulent form. Jerome K(lapka) Jerome Three Men in a Boat, ch.1.
the corruption of medicine by morality. H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken Prejudices.
wasn't driven into medicine by a social conscience but by rampant
curiosity. JonathanWolfe Miller In the Observer, 5 Feb.
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which
distinguishes man from animals. Sir William Osler Quoted in H Cushing
Life of Sir William Osler (1925), vol.1, ch.14.
One of the first duties of the physician is to
educate the masses not to take
medicine. Sir William Osler Collected in W B
Bean (ed) Sir William Osler: Aphorisms from His Bedside Teachings
and Writings (1950).
Medicine is a noble profession but a damn bad business. Humphrey Rolleston Quoted in Who SaidWhatWhen (1988).
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 Stephen Szasz The Second Sin.
Yas | , enfermos, ojo alerta, y a ning u n me
dico admitan; mueran de gorra,
sin dar un real a la
medicina. Be careful then,
patients, and don't accept
any doctor; die for free and do
not give a single coin to
medicine. Juan del Valle y Caviedes Diente del Parnaso ('Parnassus' Tooth'),'Pro logo
al que leyere este
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures
the disease. Voltaire pseudonym of Fran c° ois Marie Arouet Attributed.