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.
We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, Life.
My second fixed idea is the uselessness of men above sixty years of age, and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.
Humanity has but three great enemies: fever, famine, and war; of these by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever.
There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.
Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.
In the history of medicine, there are few instances in which a disease has been more accurately, more graphically or more briefly described.
The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
There seems to be no limit to the possibilities of scientific medicine, and while philanthropists are turning to it as to the hope of humanity, philosophers see, as in some far-off vision, a science from which may come in the prophetic words of the Son of Sirach, Peace over all the earth.
Every one of you will have to face the ordeal of every student in this generation who sooner or later tries to mix the waters of science with the oil of faith. You can have a good deal of both if you only keep them separate. The worry comes from the attempt at mixture.
Literature is full of examples of remarkable cures through the influence of the imagination, which is only an active phase of faith.
Common sense in matters medical is rare, and is usually in inverse ratio to the degree of education.
There are three classes of human beings: men, women and women physicians.
To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.
The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest, and not inferior to either in her mission.
We can only instill principles, put the student in the right path, give him method, teach him how to study, and early to discern between essentials and non-essentials.
It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.