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Use three Physicians,
  Still-first Dr. Quiet,
    Next Dr. Merry-man
      And Dr. Dyet.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum,
        (edition 1607)

The physician heals, Nature makes well.
  [Lat., Medicus curat, Natura sanat morbus.]
      - idea in Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
         (bk. VII, 15, 7), (Oxford Text)

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.
      - Francis Bacon

A man's own observation, what he find good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health.
      - Francis Bacon,
        Essays--Of Regimen of Health

In the medical profession a horse and carriage are more necessary than any scientific knowledge.
      - Honore de Balzac

I find the medicine worse than the malady.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Love's Cure (act III, sc. 2)

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

For of the most High cometh healing.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XXXVIII, v. 2)

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. V, v. 23)

A single doctor likes a sculler plies,
  And all his art and all his physic tries;
    But two physicians, like a pair of oars,
      Conduct you soonest to the Stygian shores.
      - edited by Rev. John Booth,
        Epigrams Ancient and Modern (p. 144)

Medicine, the only profession that labors incessantly to destroy the reason for its existence.
      - James Bryce, Viscount Bryce

The rich Physician, honor'd Lawyers ride,
  Whilst the poor Scholar foots it by their side.
    [Lat., Dat Galenus opes, dat Justinianus honores,
      Sed genus species cogitur ire pedes.]
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (I, 2, 3, 15)

'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er,
  To try one desp'rate med'cine more;
    For where your case can be no worse,
      The desp'rat'st is the wisest course.
      - Samuel Butler (1),
        Epistle of Hudibras to Sidrophel (l. 5)

Learn'd he was in medic'nal lore,
  For by his side a pouch he wore,
    Replete with strange hermetic powder
      That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto II, l. 223)

This is the way that physicians mend or end us,
  Secundum artem: but although we sneer
    In health--when ill, we call them to attend us,
      Without the least propensity to jeer.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto X, st. 42)

God who sends the wound sends the medicine.
  [Sp., Dios que da la llaga, da la medicina.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (II, 19)

Because all the sick do not recover, therefore medicine is not an art.
  [Lat., Aegri quia non omnes convalescunt, idcirco ars nulla medicina est.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (II, 4)

When taken
  To be well shaken.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Broad Grins--The Newcastle Apothecary
         (st. 12)

Take a little rum
  The less you take the better
    Pour it in the lakes
      Of Wener or of Wetter.
        Dip a spoonful out
          And mind you don't get groggy,
            Pour it in the lake
              Of Winnipissiogie.
                Stir the mixture well
                  Lest it prove inferior,
                    Then put half a drop
                      Into Lake Superior.
                        Every other day
                          Take a drop in water,
                            You'll be better soon
                              Or at least you oughter.
      - Bishop George Washington Doane,
        Lines on Homeopathy

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought,
  Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
    The wise for cure on exercise depend;
      God never made his work for man to mend.
      - John Dryden,
        Epistle to John Dryden of Chesterton
         (l. 92)

So liv'd our sires, ere doctors learn'd to kill,
  And multiplied with theirs the weekly bill.
      - John Dryden, To John Dryden, Esq. (l. 71)

Even as a Surgeon, minding off to cut
  Some cureless limb, before in use he put
    His violent Engins on the vicious member,
      Bringeth his Patient in a senseless slumber,
        And grief-less then (guided by use and art),
          To save the whole, sawes off th' infected part.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--First Week--Sixth Day
         (l. 1,018)

One doctor, singly like the sculler plies,
  The patient struggles, and by inches dies;
    But two physicians, like a pair of oars,
      Waft him right swiftly to the Stygian shores.
      - quoted by Sir Samuel Garth, The Dispensary

"Is there no hope?" the sick man said,
  The silent doctor shook his head,
    And took his leave with signs of sorrow,
      Despairing of his fee to-morrow.
      - John Gay, The Sick Man and the Angel

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
      - Dag Hammarskjold, News Summaries,
        Mar. 18.1956

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