Regarding Doctors, Medicine and Patients

Sooner or later we all visit the doctor or health clinic to receive medical care. And most of us have our own stories and opinions regarding the treatment and care we receive. This compilation covers the topic from not only the patient’s perspective, but from the practitioner’s viewpoint as well. I hope that you enjoy this selection of quotes Regarding Doctors, Medicine and Patients. Oh, you might also enjoy reading a post I wrote called Snip-Stitch-Patch and Go!

 Regarding Doctors, Medicine and Patients

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

So many come to the sickroom thinking of themselves as men of science fighting disease and not as healers with a little knowledge helping nature to get a sick man well.
– Auckland Geddes

The only equipment lacking in the modern hospital?  Somebody to meet you at the entrance with a handshake.ICU Humor
– Martin H.  Fisher

The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.
– Florence Nightingale

“When I used to see a patient who had been admitted to the emergency room,” [the medical specialists said, “I would read an account of what the patient had said and done and what the doctor thought.  Now what I get are the results of tests.  I used to have a story, and understanding.  Sometimes I can’t figure out what happened to the patient.  I think medicine has lost the narrative.”
– Nora Gallagher

I finally have a dental plan. I chew on the other side.
– Janine Ditullio

A good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
– William Osler

The doctor may also learn more about the illness from the way the patient tells the story than from the story itself.
– James B. Herrick

I become faint and nauseous during even very minor medical procedures, such as making an appointment by phone.
– Dave Barry

There’s one thing that the medical profession cannot do and that is to save people from being idiots.
– Craig Ferguson

Few doctors will admit this, certainly not young ones, but subconsciously, in entering the profession, we must believe that ministering to others will heal our woundedness.  And it can.  But it can also deepen the wound.
– Abraham Verghese

My doctor is wonderful. Once in 1955, when I couldn’t afford an operation, he touched up the X-rays.
– Joey Bishop

When a man goes through [so many] years’ training to be a doctor, he will never be the same.  He knows too much.
– Enid Bagnold

The struggle in caring for people is more often with what you do not know than what you do.  Medicine’s ground state is uncertainty.  And wisdom –for both patients and doctors — is defined by how one copes with it.
– Atul Gawande

Each patient ought to feel somewhat the better after the physician’s visit, irrespective of the nature of the illness.
– Warfield Theobald Longcope

We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.
– S. Kelly Harrell

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


If you have enjoyed this selection of quotes, you might also enjoy reading my post on the same subject called Snip, Stitch, Patch and Go!