A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist. This means that in order to be a good doctor a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire their good before his own.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
Cure the disease and kill the patient.
Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman
When a man goes through six years training to be a doctor he will never be the same. He knows too much.
Author: Enid Bagnold (1889-1981)
Profession: British Novelist, Playwright
One of the fundamental reasons why so many doctors become cynical and disillusioned is precisely because, when the abstract idealism has worn thin, they are uncertain about the value of the actual lives of the patients they are treating. This is not because they are callous or personally inhuman: it is because they live in and accept a society which is incapable of knowing what a human life is worth.
Author: John Berger (1926)
Profession: British Actor, Critic
Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
Author: H. G. Bohn
Profession: British Publisher
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Author: Erma Bombeck (1927)
Profession: American Author, Humorist
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Profession: French General, Emperor
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
Author: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)
Profession: Russian Playwright, Short Story Writer
I asked [my doctors] if I'd be able to play singles tennis and they said I could. That made me very happy since I haven't played in five years.
Author: Walter Cronkite (1916)
Profession: American Broadcast Journalist
Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!
Author: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Profession: American Poet
The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.
Author: Denis Diderot (1713-1784)
Profession: French Philosopher
I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.
Author: John Donne (1572-1632)
Profession: British Metaphysical Poet
When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
Profession: British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''
The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Profession: Dutch Humanist