Medicine Quotes


The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.

Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Food    Health    Medicine

Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do practice?

After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.

Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other

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

A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.

Rising Storm

Erin Hunter

Rising Storm
Erin    Fireheart    Firepaw    Firestar    Hunter    Medicine    Past    Today    Warriors    Worry

We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.

Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.

As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm.

Diseases    Harm    Medicine    Science

Frostpine made a face. Lifting the cup, he dumped its contents down his throat. Auugghh! he yelled, his voice stronger than it had been since his return from the harbor. "Are you trying to kill me, woman?"
"If I mean to kill someone, I do it," Rosethorn told him. "I don't try.

Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold.

It is astounding to me, and achingly sad, that with eighty thousand people on the waiting list for donated hearts and livers and kidneys, with sixteen a day dying there on that list, that more then half of the people in the position H's family was in will say no, will choose to burn those organs or let them rot. We abide the surgeon's scalpel to save our own lives, out loved ones' lives, but not to save a stranger's life. H has no heart, but heartless is the last thing you'd call her.

Books    Life    Medicine

She handed him a glass of water and two Aleve gelcaps. They’re anti-inflammatories. They will dull the pain a little bit and keep down swelling and redness. Swallow the pills, don’t chew.
Well, I thought I’d stick them into my nose and impersonate a walrus, but if you insist, I’ll swallow them.

On the Edge

Ilona Andrews

On the Edge
Declan    Funny    Medicine    Rose

The life so short, the craft so long to learn.

Doctors    Jobs    Learning    Life    Medicine    Profession    Working

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.

Food    Life    Medicine    Nutrition

In the words of the philosopher Sceptum, the founder of my profession: am I going to get paid for this?

Doctor    Humor    Medicine    Money

The physician should not treat the disease but the patient who is suffering from it

Cure    Disease    Humanism    Medicine    Nurse

The night before brain surgery, I thought about death. I searched out my larger values, and I asked myself, if I was going to die, did I want to do it fighting and clawing or in peaceful surrender? What sort of character did I hope to show? Was I content with myself and what I had done with my life so far? I decided that I was essentially a good person, although I could have been better--but at the same time I understood that the cancer didn't care.
I asked myself what I believed. I had never prayed a lot. I hoped hard, I wished hard, but I didn't pray. I had developed a certain distrust of organized religion growing up, but I felt I had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some fervent beliefs. Quite simply, I believed I had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn't a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I'd been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn't say, 'But you were never a Christian, so you're going the other way from heaven.' If so, I was going to reply, 'You know what? You're right. Fine.'
I believed, too, in the doctors and the medicine and the surgeries--I believed in that. I believed in them. A person like Dr. Einhorn [his oncologist], that's someone to believe in, I thought, a person with the mind to develop an experimental treatment 20 years ago that now could save my life. I believed in the hard currency of his intelligence and his research.
Beyond that, I had no idea where to draw the line between spiritual belief and science. But I knew this much: I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe--what other choice was there? We do it every day, I realized. We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valiant and long-lived human characteristics. To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of this life, that there is no remedy for our basic mortality, that is a form of bravery.
To continue believing in yourself, believing in the doctors, believing in the treatment, believing in whatever I chose to believe in, that was the most important thing, I decided. It had to be.
Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming doom, every single day. And it will beat you. I didn't fully see, until the cancer, how we fight every day against the creeping negatives of the world, how we struggle daily against the slow lapping of cynicism. Dispiritedness and disappointment, these were the real perils of life, not some sudden illness or cataclysmic millennium doomsday. I knew now why people fear cancer: because it is a slow and inevitable death, it is the very definition of cynicism and loss of spirit.
So, I believed.

Atheism    Belief    Bravery    Cancer    Death    Doctors    Honor    Inevitable    Inspirational    Knowledge    Medicine    Morality    Mortality    Science

There are times in my life when I have been medicine for some while poison for others. I used to think I was a victim of my story until I realized the truth; that I am the creator of my story. I choose what type of person I will be and what type of impact I will leave on others. I will never choose the destructive path of self and outward victimization again.

যে ব্যামোর দেখবেন সাতান্ন রকমের ওষুধ, বুঝে নেবেন, সে ব্যামো ওষুধে সারে না।

It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.

Tell us please, what treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?"....I met his gaze and I did not blink. "Words of comfort," I said to my father.

Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone

In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.

Psychiatry is a strange field because, unlike any other field of medicine, you never really finish. Your greatest instrument is you, yourself, and the work of self-understanding is endless. I'm still learning.

..my music isn't just music- its medicine.

Hospitals should be arranged in such a way as to make being sick an interesting experience. One learns a great deal sometimes from being sick.

Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy.  If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so.

I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.

Surgeons can cut out everything except cause.

Disease    Healing    Health    Medicine    Surgery

Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.

Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense

Absence    Evidence    Medicine    Quip    Wordplay

You are a placebo responder. Your body plays tricks on your mind. You cannot be trusted.

Bad Science

Ben Goldacre

Bad Science
Humor    Medicine    Mind    Science

Be sceptical, ask questions, demand proof. Demand evidence. Don't take anything for granted. But here's the thing: When you get proof, you need to accept the proof. And we're not that good at doing that.

It was a lie but he believed in telling lies to people. Truth telling and medicine just didn't go together except in dire emergencies, if then.

The Godfather

Mario Puzo.

The Godfather

Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care.

Doctors are great--as long as you don't need them.

Disease is the biggest money maker in our economy.

Disease    Drugs    Economy    Healing    Medicine

The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.

هل كنت تظن أن الطب يقتصر على فحص المريض ، وكتابة الدواء ، والتباهي بالرداء الأبيض ؟ الطب الحقيقي أعمق من ذلك بكثير ، إنه التعامل مع الإنسان بكل ما في هذه الكلمات من المعاني والظلال

The art is long, life is short, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.

I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient. Allow me to inform you, though, that when you sit in a room with a set of other finalists, and kindly people bring a huge transparent bag of poison and plug it into your arm, and you either read or don't read a book while the venom sack gradually empties itself into your system, the image of the ardent solider is the very last one that will occur to you. You feel swamped with passivity and impotence: dissolving in powerlessness like a sugar lump in water.

I saved a man's life once," said Granny. "Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I'd bought it from the dwarves. That's the biggest part of doct'rin, really. Most people'll get over most things if they put their minds to it, you just have to give them an interest.

Equal Rites

Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites
Doctors    Healthy    Humor    Medicine

A story-a true story-can heal as much as medicine can.

My top priority is for people to understand that they have the power to change things themselves.

Don't you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?

Gefährliche Liebschaften.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Gefährliche Liebschaften.
Love    Medicine    Nature

The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.

Antecedents    Disease    Future    Harm    Medicine    Physician    Science    Time

The patient is the one with the disease

We'd been assured it wouldn't be painful, though she might experience 'discomfort,' a term beloved of the medical profession that seems to be a synonym for agony that isn't yours.

Family    Hospital    Medicine    Pain

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