He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.
The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. . . . Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.