Memorable Medical Quotations

  • Robert B. Taylor


Winston Churchill once wrote, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” I believe that it is perhaps even better for presumably educated persons, such as physicians, to read insightful quotations said and written by our predecessors. These quotes are a valuable part of our heritage, and they afford insights into the thinking of yesterday’s great men and women of medicine. If nothing else, they will expand your consciousness, enhance your vocabulary, and help you become a more thoughtful physician.


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    Dr. John Snow: a wonderful example of scientific thinking. Available at: http:// Accessed May 10, 2007.Google Scholar
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    O’Donnell M. A Sceptic’s Medical Dictionary. London, UK: Blackwell BMJ Books; 1997.Google Scholar
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    Peabody FW. The care of the patient. JAMA. 1927;88:877–882.Google Scholar
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    Phillips WR, Haynes DG. The domain of family practice: scope, role, and function. Fam Med. 2001;33:273–277.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Shaw GB. The Doctor’s Dilemma. Available at: etext/5070. Accessed May 14, 2007.Google Scholar
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    Stevenson RL. Underwoods: A Child’s Garden of Verses. New York, NY: Peter Fenelon Collier & Son; 1887.Google Scholar
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    Brallier JM. Medical Wit and Wisdom. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press; 1993.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health & Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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