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Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

Some remedies are worse than the disease.

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.

He has been a doctor a year now and has had two patients, no, three, I think -- yes, it was three; I attended their funerals.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.


There are more old drunkards than old physicians.

François Rabelais (1495-1553) French writer and priest.

By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet.

The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.