An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.


Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960, British politician)


How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


The sick man must follow his illness to the place where it is treated. He is set aside in one of the technical and secret zones (hospitals, prisons, refuse dumps) which relieve the living of everything that might hinder the chain of production and consumption, and which repair and select what can be sent back up to the surface of progress.


Michel De Certeau (1925-1986, French writer, historian)


A Hospital is no place to be sick.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


We achieve "active" mastery over illness and death by delegating all responsibility for their management to physicians, and by exiling the sick and the dying to hospitals. But hospitals serve the convenience of staff not patients: we cannot be properly ill in a hospital, nor die in one decently; we can do so only among those who love and value us. The result is the institutionalized dehumanization of the ill, characteristic of our age.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


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