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Medical Quotes and Sayings

Every disease is a physician.
Irish Proverb

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
John Diamond

Medicines are not meat to live by.
German Proverb

Treat the patient, not the Xray.
James M. Hunter

Throw physic to the dogs; I’ll none of it.
William Shakespeare

No doctor is better than three.
German Proverb

One doctor makes work for another.
English Proverb

Most of those evils we poor mortals know
From doctors and imagination flow.
Charles Churchill

Where a man feels pain he lays his hand.
Dutch Proverb

Did God who gave us flowers and trees,
Also provide the allergies?
E.Y. Harburg-1965*

Medical physics is an applied area of physics.
John Cameron

Medicines heals doubts as well as diseases.
Karl Marx

When you treat a disease, first treat the mind.
Chen Jen

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Erma Bombeck

God heales, and the Physitian hath the thankes.
George Herbert

When fate arrives the physician becomes a fool.
Arabic Proverb

A half doctor near is better than a whole one far away.
German Proverb

Patients may recover in spite of drugs or because of them.
J.H. Gaddum

Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
Ovid-*Tristia

Until a physician has killed one or two he is not a physician.
Kashmiri Proverb

No man is a good doctor who has never been sick himself.
Chinese Proverb

The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease.
French Proverb

Restore a man to his health, his purse lies open to thee.
Robert Burton

Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.
Martin H. Fischer

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.
Norman Cousins

A doctor whose breath smells has no right to medical opinion.
Martin H. Fischer

One thousand Americans stop smoking every day – by dying.
Author Unknown

A hypochondriac is one who has a pill for everything except what ails him.
Mignon McLaughlin-1966*

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

A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office.
Francis O’Walsh

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
Samuel Butler

There is no curing a sick man who believes himself to be in health.
Henri Amiel

A smart mother makes often a better diagnosis than a poor doctor.
August Bier

The worst thing about medicine is that one kind makes another necessary.
Elbert Hubbard

Doctors think a lot of patients are cured who have simply quit in disgust.
Don Herold

Symptoms, then are in reality nothing but the cry from suffering organs.
Jean Martin Charcot

In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.
Cicero

It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wishe for medicines.
Thomas

It is sometimes as dangerous to be run into by a microbe as by a trolley car.
J.J. Walsh

Financial ruin from medical bills is almost exclusively an American disease.
Roul Turley

He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.
Benjamin Franklin

You may know the intractability of a disease by its long list of remedies.
Alonzo Clark

I am sure that I have been much more useful to society as a medical physicist.
John Cameron

We have the greatest hospitals, doctors, and medical technology in the world – we need to make them accessible to every American.
Barbara Boxer

I have written two medical novels. I have never studied medicine, never seen an operation.
Taylor Caldwell

The hospital is the only proper College in which to rear a true disciple of Aesculapius.
John Abernethy

I recently became a Christian Scientist. It was the only health plan I could afford.
Betsy Salkind

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.
Peter Mere Latham

In the nineteenth century men lost their fear of God and acquired a fear of microbes.
Author Unknown

I wondher why ye can always read a doctor’s bill an’ ye niver can read his purscription.
Finley Peter Dunne

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

Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances.
Julie Bishop

My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I’m ashamed of what I think of doctors in general.
Mignon McLaughlin-1966

I was the Chair of the first department of medical physics in a medical school in the U.S.
John Cameron

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for.
James H. Boren

Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
Samuel Butler

I am very abnormal… But it wasn’t very long ago that I wasn’t so abnormal. I was very normal and headed for a lifetime of paying medical bills as proof of my normalcy.
Dirk Benedict

‘Medical’ professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats, should be making health care decisions.
Barbara Boxer

‘Medical’ physicists work in cooperation with doctors. A few medical physicists devote their time to research and teaching. A few get involved with administrative duties.
John Cameron

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.
Plato

They don’t like thinking in medical school. They memorize – that’s all they want you to do. You must not think.
John Backus

There are now over 5,000 medical physicists in the U.S more than 50 times the number in 1958.
John Cameron

Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies.
C. Jeff Miller

In the sick room, ten cents’ worth of human understanding equals ten dollars’ worth of medical science.
Martin H. Fischer

It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class.
Author Unknown

I learned a long time ago that minor surgery is when they do the operation on someone else, not you.
Bill Walton

You have a cough? Go home tonight,eat a whole box of Ex-Lax – tomorrow you’ll be afraid to cough.
Pearl Williams

A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment.
Author Unknown

A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession.
Martin H. Fischer

I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The only equipment lack in the modern hospital? Somebody to meet you at the entrance with a handshake!
Martin H. Fischer

When you are called to a sick man, be sure you know what the matter is – if you do not know, nature can do a great deal better than you can guess.
Nicholas de Belleville

I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
Jerome K. Jerome

The physician should look upon the patient as a besieged city and try to rescue him with every means that art and science place at his command.
Movie Quotes-”Alexander”

Physicians and politicians resemble one another in this respect, that some defend the constitution and others destroy it.
Author Unknown

A man who cannot work without his hypodermic needle is a poor doctor. The amount of narcotic you use is inversely proportional to your skill.
Martin H. Fischer

I have devoted much time and energy to helping medical physics in developing countries.
John Cameron

Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence.
James Bryce-1914

It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature.
John Brown

The patient does not care about your science; what he wants to know is, can you cure him?
Martin H. Fischer

A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man – he must view the man in his world.
Harvey Cushing

As it takes two to make a quarrel, so it takes two to make a disease, the microbe and its host.
Charles V. Chapin

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell.
Lewis G. Janes

Only one rule in medical ethics need concern you – that action on your part which best conserves the interests of your patient.
Martin H. Fischer

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.
Chinese Proverb

Never forget that it is not a pneumonia, but a pneumonic man who is your patient.
William Withey Gull

It is said to be the manner of hypochondriacs to change often their physician.
William Cullen

The road to medical knowledge is through the pathological museum and not through an apothecary’s shop.
William Withey Gull

When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it cannot be cured.
Anton Chekhov

When you no longer know what headache, heartache, or stomachache means without cistern punctures, electrocardiograms and six x-ray plates, you are slipping.
Martin H. Fischer

Man may be the captain of his fate, but is also the victim of his blood sugar.
Wilfrid G. Oakley

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

Who ever thought up the word “Mammogram?” Every time I hear it, I think I’m supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone.
Jan King

Here’s good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee.
Martin H. Fischer

Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.
William Osler

If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill.
African Proverb

Symptoms are the body’s mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language.
John Brown

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas Edison

Oh the powers of nature. She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing.
Benvenuto Cellini

So many come to the sickroom thinking of themselves as men of science fighting disease and not as healers with a little knowledge helping nature to get a sick man well.
Auckland Geddes

Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing.
Ben Hecht

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
Ecclesiasticus

A drug is that substance which, when injected into a rat, will produce a scientific report.
Author Unknown

Physiology is the stepchild of medicine. That is why Cinderella often turns out the queen.
Martin H. Fischer

The field of Western medicine has become literally nothing but medicine. Doctors are on their way out, to be replaced by self-serve pharmaceutical vending machines.
Grey Livingston

The fact that your patient gets well does not prove that your diagnosis was correct.
Samuel J. Meltzer

Man is a creature composed of countless millions of cells: a microbe is composed of only one, yet throughout the ages the two have been in ceaseless conflict.
A.B. Christie

Our profession is the only one which works unceasingly to annihilate itself.
Martin H. Fischer

On J-Day our profession will have a lot to answer for! We might at least have withheld our hands instead of making them work against God.
Martin H. Fischer

The doctor may also learn more about the illness from the way the patient tells the story than from the story itself.
James B. Herrick

Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.
Author Unknown

Don’t take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here.
Author unknown

‘Tis not always in a physician’s power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art.
Ovid

And lo, The Hospital, grey, quiet, old, Where Life and Death like friendly chafferers meet.
William Ernest Henley

A sweating ovary or a sick prostate explains most history.
Martin H. Fischer

The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is hemorrhage.
William Stewart Halsted

The public blabbers about preventative medicine, but will neither appreciate nor pay for it. You get paid for what you cure.
Martin H. Fischer

To save a man’s life against his will is the same as killing him.
Horace

Nowadays the clinical history too often weighs more than the man.
Martin H. Fischer

Hypochondriacs squander large sums of time in search of nostrums by which they vainly hope they may get more time to squander.
Mortimer Collins

Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
Anton Chekhov

Let the young know they will never find a more interesting, more instructive book than the patient himself.
Giorgio Baglivi

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-1973

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