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PHYSICIANS
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There was once, in a remote part of the East, a man who was altogether void of knowledge and experience, yet presumed to call himself a physician.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay), The Ignorant Physician
         (fable viii)

Guy Patin recommends to a patient to have no doctor but a horse, and no apothecary but an ass!
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Some persons will tell you, with an air of the miraculous, that they recovered although they were given over; whereas they might with more reason have said, they recovered because they were given over.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The best doctor is the one you run for and can't find.
      - Denis Diderot

Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men's bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh.
      - John Ford

A republic of philosophers, such as speculative men are fond of forming in imagination, but which was never known.
      - Livius

Joy, and Temperance, and Repose,
  Slam the door on the doctor's nose.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the actual condition of medical science, the physician mostly plays the part of simple spectator of the sad episodes which his profession furnishes him.
      - Francois Magendie

Marcus the Physician called yesterday on the marble Zeus.
  Through marble and through Zeus, the funeral is today.
      - Nicarchus, in the "Greek Anthology"

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
      - Sir William Osler

A wise physician, skill'd our wounds to heal,
  Is more than armies to the public weal.
      - Alexander Pope

We have not only multiplied diseases, but we have made them more fatal.
      - Benjamin Rush

They have no other doctor but sun and the fresh air, and that such an one as never sends them to the apothecary.
      - Bishop Robert South

A man who pours drugs of which he knows little into a body of which he knows less.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having a studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

The purse of the patient often protracts his case.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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