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- Tum medicinali tantum florebat in arte, posset ut hic nullus languor hobere locum
- The unbiased opinion of most medical men of sound judgment and long experience...[holds that] the amount of death and disaster in the world would be less, if all disease were left to itself.
- Harvard professor Jacob Bigelow, 1835.
- Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.
- Matthew Prior (1664-1721).
- I firmly believe that if the whole material medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be better for mankind-and all the worse for the fishes.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., 19th century physician
- The college-birs are three
Law, Physic and Divinity
And while these three remain combined,
They keep the world oppressed and blind...
Now is the time to be set free,
From priests' and Doctors' slavery.
- 19th century rhyme associated with the Thomsonian movement
- We should not encourage the medical student to while away his time in the labyrinths of Chemistry and Physiology.
- Harvard Medical School professor, 1871.
- The objective of medicine is not the knowledge of the Disease, but the relieve of the suffering due to it
- Miguel Ángel García, spanish medical doctor
- Medicine, the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence.
- The only real difference between medicine and poison is the dose....and intent.
- Oscar G. Hernandez, MD
- Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
- Voltaire (1694-1778).
- Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity.