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The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
As a surgeon you have to have a controlled arrogance. If it's uncontrolled, you kill people, but you have to be pretty arrogant to saw through a person's chest, take out their heart and believe you can fix it. Then, when you succeed and the patient survives, you pray, because it's only by the grace of God that you get there.
Cancer affects all of us, whether you're a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, patient.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
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
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.
America has the best doctors, the best nurses, the best hospitals, the best medical technology, the best medical breakthrough medicines in the world. There is absolutely no reason we should not have in this country the best health care in the world.
Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.
You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription, but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.
No matter who you are, what you've accomplished, what your financial situation is - when you're dealing with a parent with Alzheimer's, you yourself feel helpless. The parent can't work, can't live alone, and is totally dependent, like a toddler. As the disease unfolds, you don't know what to expect.
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light.
Today we have a health insurance industry where the first and foremost goal is to maximize profits for shareholders and CEOs, not to cover patients who have fallen ill or to compensate doctors and hospitals for their services. It is an industry that is increasingly concentrated and where Americans are paying more to receive less.
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.
You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him 'Doctor.'
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.
Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
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.
John F. Kennedy
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