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One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
Alice James

Adrian, the Emperor, exclaimed incessantly, when dying, "That the crowd of physicians had killed him."
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

I have heard that Tiberius used to say that that man was ridiculous, who after sixth years, appealed to a physician.

So modern 'pothecaries, taught the art By doctor's bills to play the doctor's part, Bold in the practice of mistaken rules, Prescribe, apply, and call their masters fools.
Alexander Pope

How the Doctor's brow should smile, Crown'd with wreaths of camomile.
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

We do not bear sweets; we are recruited by a bitter potion.

Let's not kid ourselves. Whatever we diagnose, most patients, if they don't die, get well by themselves. Our job is mainly to try to make them feel better; do no harm.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Use three Physicians, Still-first Dr. Quiet, Next Dr. Merry-man And Dr. Dyet.
Author Unknown

Who worse than a physician Would this report become? But I consider By med'cine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too. How ended she?
William Shakespeare

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
Sir William Osler

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

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

The physician heals, Nature makes well.
Author Unknown

Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them And show the heavens more just.
William Shakespeare

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

A single doctor likes a sculler plies, And all his art and all his physic tries; But two physicians, like a pair of oars, Conduct you soonest to the Stygian shores.

The rich Physician, honor'd Lawyers ride, Whilst the poor Scholar foots it by their side.
Robert Burton

'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er, To try one desp'rate med'cine more; For where your case can be no worse, The desp'rat'st is the wisest course.
Samuel Butler (1)

Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
Jewish Proverb

[Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Learn'd he was in medic'nal lore, For by his side a pouch he wore, Replete with strange hermetic powder That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder.
Samuel Butler (1)

A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.
Francis Bacon

I find the medicine worse than the malady.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

For of the most High cometh healing.

This is the way that physicians mend or end us, Secundum artem: but although we sneer In health--when ill, we call them to attend us, Without the least propensity to jeer.
Lord Byron

God who sends the wound sends the medicine.

Orthodox medicine has not found an answer to your complaint. However, luckily for you, I happen to be a quack.
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One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
Sir William Osler

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

Trust not the physician; His antidotes are poison, and he slays More than you rob.
William Shakespeare

"Is there no hope?" the sick man said, The silent doctor shook his head, And took his leave with signs of sorrow, Despairing of his fee to-morrow.
John Gay

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
Dag Hammarskjold

Because all the sick do not recover, therefore medicine is not an art.

In such a night Did Thisbe fearfully o'ertrip the dew, And saw the lion's shadow ere himself, And ran dismayed away.
William Shakespeare

You tell your doctor, that y' are ill And what does he, but write a bill, Of which you need not read one letter, The worse the scrawl, the dose the better. For if you knew but what you take, Though you recover, he must break.
Matthew Prior

When taken To be well shaken.
George Colman

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. The wise for cure on exercise depend; God never made his work for man to mend.
John Dryden

One doctor, singly like the sculler plies, The patient struggles, and by inches dies; But two physicians, like a pair of oars, Waft him right swiftly to the Stygian shores.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Oh, powerful bacillus, With wonder how you fill us, Every day! While medical detectives, With powerful objectives, Watch your play.
William Tod Helmuth

You behold in me Only a travelling Physician; One of the few who have a mission To cure incurable diseases, Or those that are called so.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A pill that the present moment is daily bread to thousands.
Douglas Jerrold

A sound mind in a sound body is a thing to be prayed for.

And in requital ope his leathern scrip, And show me simples of a thousand names, Telling their strange and vigorous faculties.
John Milton

A physician is nothing but a consoler of the mind.

Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.
Alexander Pope

Physicians, of all men, are most happy: whatever good success soever they have, the world proclaimeth and what faults they commit, the earth covereth.
Francis Quarles

Banished the doctor, and expell'd the friend.
Alexander Pope

But, when the wit began to wheeze, And wine had warm'd the politician, Cur'd yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.
Matthew Prior

In poison there is physic; and these news, Having been well, that would have made me sick, Being sick, have in some measure made me well.
William Shakespeare

So liv'd our sires, ere doctors learn'd to kill, And multiplied with theirs the weekly bill.
John Dryden

Though bitter, good medicine cures illness. Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.
Matthew Prior

'Tis time to give 'em physic, their diseases Are grown so catching.
William Shakespeare

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, Sr.

Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
Alexander Pope

But in this point All his tricks founder and he brings his physic After his patient's death: the king already Hath married the fair lady.
William Shakespeare