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





I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.


Alexander The Great (352-323 BC, Alexander III, Macedonian King)


Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord it ain't the gout.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


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


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Medicines are only fit for old people.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


What can't be cured must be endured.


Robert Burton (1576-1640, British clergyman, scholar)


Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa -- slightly off balance.


Prince of Wales Charles


Like a celestial chaperon, the placebo leads us through the uncharted passageways of mind and gives us a greater sense of infinity than if we were to spend all our days with our eyes hypnotically glued to the giant telescope at Mt. Palomar. What we see ultimately is that the placebo isn't really necessary and that the mind can carry out its difficult and wondrous missions unprompted by little pills. The placebo is only a tangible object made essential in an age that feels uncomfortable with intangibles, an age that prefers to think that every inner effect must have an outer cause. Since it has size and shape and can be hand-held, the placebo satisfies the contemporary craving for visible mechanisms and visible answers . The placebo, then, is an emissary between the will to live and the body.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Today's medicine is at the end of its road. It can no longer be transformed, modified, readjusted. That's been tried too often. Today's medicine must DIE in order to be reborn. We must prepare its complete renovation.


Maurice Delort


Some fell by laudanum, and some by steel, and death in ambush lay in every pill.


Sir Samuel Garth (1661-1719, British physician, poet)


I firmly believe that if the whole material medical could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the sea.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The orthodox school has witnessed for centuries that nature itself has never once cured any existing disease with another dissimilar one, however intense. What must we think of this school, which nevertheless has continued to treat chronic diseases allopathically, with medicines and formulas that can only cause a disease condition -- God knows which -- dissimilar to the one being treated? Even if these physicians have not hitherto observed nature attentively enough, the miserable results of their treatment should have taught them that they were on the wrong road.


Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843, German physician, founder of Homeopathy)


Walking is a man's best medicine.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


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.


Ivan Illich (1926-, Austrian-born American theologian, author)


While Homeopathy itself is a perfect science, its truth is only partially known. The truth itself relates to the Divine, the knowledge relates to man.


James Tyler Kent (1849-1916, American homeopathic teacher, physician)


Chemotherapy and radiotherapy will make the ancient method of drilling holes in a patient's head to permit the escape of demons look relatively advanced. Toxic chemotherapy is a hoax. The doctors who use it are guilty of pre-meditated murder, and the use of cobalt and other methods of cancer treatment popular today effectively closes the door on cure.


Ernst T. Krebs Jr.


They had me on the operating table all day. They looked into my stomach, my gall bladder, they examined everything inside of me. Know what they decided? I need glasses.


Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine.


Gerald F. Lieberman (American writer)


Since the regimentation of Medicine by quacks and medical gangsters in control of the American Medical Association, this organization has become one of the most vicious rackets in the country.


Charles Lyman Loffler


God help the patient.


Lord Mansfield (1867-1915, British artist, author)


Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos.


John L. McClenahan


I was not long since in a company where I was not who of my fraternity brought news of a kind of pills, by true account, composed of a hundred and odd several ingredients; whereat we laughed very heartily, and made ourselves good sport; for what rock so hard were able to resist the shock or withstand the force of so thick and numerous a battery?


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, British nurse)


I was under medication when I made the decision not to burn the tapes.


Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


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


Sir William Osler (1849-1919, Canadian physician)


Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.


Philippus A. Paracelsus (1493-1541, German physician and chemist)


They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Water is cheaper than medicine.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Desperate maladies require desperate remedies.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


When you eat, it's vegetables; when you are sick, it's medicine.


Vietnamese Proverb


The only medicine that does women more good than harm is dress.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


It is medicine, not scenery, for which a sick man must go searching.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth: and he that is wise will not abhor them. Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 38:4-5


In medicine sins of commission are mortal, sins of omission are venial.


Theodore Tronchin


He who lives by medical prescriptions lives miserably.


Author Unknown


Quackery has no friend like gullibility.


Author Unknown


Sleep is better than medicine.


Author Unknown


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


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from apparent in the direction of the soul.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


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