Sir William Osler 18491920

Canadian physician and Oxford professor of medicine There are only two sorts of doctors those who practise with their brains, and those who practise with their tongues. Aequanimitas, with Other Addresses 'Teaching and Thinking' To prevent disease, to relieve suffering and to heal the sick this is our work. Aequanimitas, with Other Addresses 'Chauvinism in Medicine' In the records of no other profession is there to be found so large a number of men who have combined intellectual pre-eminence...

George Bernard Shaw

It is the part that makes the illness worth while. Spend all you have before you die and do not outlive yourself. Take utmost care to get well born and well brought up. From his Preface on Doctors published with The Doctor's Dilemma (i9ii) All professions are conspiracies against the laity. From his Preface on Doctors published with The Doctor's Dilemma (i9ii) Medical science is as yet very imperfectly differentiated from common curemongering witchcraft. From his Preface...

James Parkinson i755i824

I need hardly repeat to you the vulgar observation that a physician seldom obtains bread by his profession until he has no teeth to eat it. The Hospital Pupil, H. D. Symonds (i800) Involuntary tremulous motion, with lessened muscular power, in parts not in action and even when supported with a propensity to bend the trunk forward, and to pass from a walking to a running pace the senses and intellects being uninjured. An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Sherwood, Neely and Jones, London (i8i7)

Rudolf Virchow i82ii902

A cell in which every cell is a citizen. Die Cellularpathologie (1858) Disease, Life and Man p. i42-9 (transl. Lelland J. Rather, Stanford University Press, i958) Die Cellularpathologie (1858) Disease, Life and Man p. i42-9 (transl. Lelland J. Rather, Stanford University Press, i958) At that time we attempted to shake off the spell which philosophy, nature-philosophy in particular, had for a long period cast over science. We fought against 'a priori' speculation we rejected systems, and we...