Stephen Ambrose Quotes

It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.-Stephen Ambrose



We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society.-Ben Carson




Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.-Peter Shaffer



My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn’t pay the bill he gave me six months more.-Walter Matthau



Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.-Erma Bombeck



When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother. – Rodney Dangerfield



You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him ‘Doctor.’-Abe Lemons



For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature’s finest balm.-Edwin Way Teale



The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.-Voltaire



The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.-Arthur Schopenhauer



As a surgeon you have to have a controlled arrogance. If it’s uncontrolled, you kill people, but you have to be pretty arrogant to saw through a person’s chest, take out their heart and believe you can fix it. Then, when you succeed and the patient survives, you pray, because it’s only by the grace of God that you get there.-Mehmet Oz



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



The patient’s autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary – the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.-Jack Kevorkian



I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.-Henny Youngman



The physician’s highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy – to heal, as it is termed.-Samuel Hahnemann



Time is generally the best doctor.-Ovid



A hospital is no place to be sick. – Samuel Goldwyn




Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.-Anton Chekhov



The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.-Dizzy Dean



A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.-Groucho Marx



It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.-William Osler



You can die of the cure before you die of the illness.-Michael Landon



Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.-Samuel Goldwyn



Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.-Ivan Illich



You may not be able to read a doctor’s handwriting and prescription, but you’ll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.-Earl Wilson



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



Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’. – Swami Sivananda



Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.-Marcel Proust



To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.-William Osler



Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, patient.-Jennifer Aniston


In the sick room, ten cents’ worth of human understanding equals ten dollars’ worth of medical science.-Martin H. Fischer



Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.-Cass Canfield



Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.-Mary Baker Eddy



In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.-Edward Everett Hale



Any doctor will admit that any drug can have side effects, and that writing a prescription involves weighing the potential benefits against the risks.-Mark Udall



Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.-Marcel Proust


When I told my doctor I couldn’t afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays. – Henny Youngman



I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.-Alexander the Great



Walking is man’s best medicine.-Hippocrates



Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.-Erma Bombeck




The patient decides when it’s best to go.-Jack Kevorkian



America has the best doctors, the best nurses, the best hospitals, the best medical technology, the best medical breakthrough medicines in the world. There is absolutely no reason we should not have in this country the best health care in the world.-Bill Frist



The mind controls so much of the body. We are much more than flesh and blood; we are complex systems. Patients do better when they have faith that they’re going to do better. That’s why I always tell my patients and their families not to neglect their prayers. There’s nobody I don’t say that to.-Ben Carson



Today we have a health insurance industry where the first and foremost goal is to maximize profits for shareholders and CEOs, not to cover patients who have fallen ill or to compensate doctors and hospitals for their services. It is an industry that is increasingly concentrated and where Americans are paying more to receive less.-Dianne Feinstein



In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.-Grete Waitz


Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.-Hosea Ballou



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



I’m strongly for a patient Bill of Rights. Decisions ought to be made by doctors, not accountants.-Chuck Schumer


Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.-Napoleon Bonaparte



The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.-Lewis Thomas



The greatest evil is physical pain.-Saint Augustine



One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.-Alice James


For too long nurses have been undervalued, restricted in what they could do, with too few career opportunities in clinical practice. For far too long, nurses have endured a pay system that has held them back – both professionally as well as financially.-John Hutton



The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise.-Thomas Sydenham



It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.-Marcel Proust



It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.-Norman Cousins



A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.-Barbara Mikulski



I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light. – Patrick Swayze



A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.-Lucius Annaeus Seneca



I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso.-Rita Rudner

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