William Osler Quotes

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.
The teacher’s life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
The future is today.
Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.

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