Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.
The mind controls so much of the body. We are much more than flesh and blood; we are complex systems. Patients do better when they have faith that they're going to do better. That's why I always tell my patients and their families not to neglect their prayers. There's nobody I don't say that to.
I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.
Alexander the Great
We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society.
When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays.
Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.
I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Walking is man's best medicine.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.
The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.
To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.
Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.
People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
Henry Ward Beecher
Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.
Mary Baker Eddy
The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.
The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
Nature can do more than physicians.
Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always 'I am healthily in body and mind'.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.
Edward Everett Hale
Time is generally the best doctor.
Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.