SmartRemarks: May 2003 Archives

Amusing the patient

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

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Educating the masses

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"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

Orthodox medicine

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"Orthodox medicine has not found an answer to your complaint. However, luckily for you, I happen to be a quack."

from a Richter cartoon caption

Our stock-in-trade

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"But what physician has not had patients who don't make any sense at all? To tell the truth, they're our stock-in-trade. We talk and write about the ones we can make sense of."

Walker Percy

But what would you do?

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"The public blames the medical profession for giving too many tranquilizers and antidepressants. But what would you do? Doctors like to see healing as the result of their work. Yet today we often must be content with far less. There are so many things wrong with people's lives that even our best is only a stopgap."

Richard A. Swenson, MD

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