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J.R. Ward
“There aren't any syringes." Red Sox came over and held a sterile pack out. When she tried to take it from him, he kept a grip on the thing. "I know you'll use this wisely."
"Wisely?" She snapped the syringe out of his hand. "No, I'm going to poke him in the eye with it. Because that's what they trained me to do in medical school.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Unbound

Kevin Alan Lee
“In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.”
Kevin Alan Lee, The Split Mind: Schizophrenia from an Insider's Point of View

Robin Cook
“Medical school had been a time for imaginary diseases and Martin had contracted almost all of them.”
Robin Cook, Brain


Before you examine the body of a patient,
Be patient to learn his story.
For once you learn his story,
You will also come to know
His body.
Before you diagnose any sickness,
Make sure there is no sickness in the mind or heart.
For the emotions in a man’s moon or sun,
Can point to the sickness in
Any one of his other parts.
Before you treat a man with a condition,
Know that not all cures can heal all people.
For the chemistry that works on one patient,
May not work for the next,
Because even medicine has its own
Before asserting a prognosis on any patient,
Always be objective and never subjective.
For telling a man that he will win the treasure of life,
But then later discovering that he will lose,
Will harm him more than by telling him
That he may lose,
But then he wins.

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Walt Whitman
“poor boy! I never knew you, Yet I think I could not refuse this moment to die for you, if that would save you”
Walt Whitman, Drum Taps

“$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding.”
Frank A. Oski

Geoff Blake
“Sure some medical experts say coffee could be a health hazard, but they obviously never built a web site before!”
Geoff Blake, Ten Ton Dreamweaver

Kiersten White
“You'll be fine, just some minor burns and hypothermia, which was kind of hard to explain.”
Kiersten White, Paranormalcy

“You cannot separate passion from pathology any more than you can separate a person's spirit from his body.”
Richard Selzer, Letters to a Young Doctor

Amit Kalantri
“All worries are less with wine.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Atul Gawande
“The important question isn't how to keep bad physicians from harming patient; it's how to keep good physicians from harming patients. Medical malpractice suits are a remarkably ineffective remedy.
(In reference to a Harvard Medical Practice Study)... fewer than 2 percent of the patients who had received substandard care ever filed suit. Conversely, only a small minority among patients who did sue had in fact been victims of negligent care. And a patient's likelihood of winning a suit depended primarily on how poor his or her outcome was, regardless of whether that outcome was caused by disease or unavoidable risks of care. The deeper problem with medical malpractice is that by demonizing errors they prevent doctors from acknowledging & discussing them publicly. The tort system makes adversaries of patient & physician, and pushes each other to offer a heavily slanted version of events.

Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

David Eddings
“It's really a very simple arrangement, little mother. He fully understands that either they get healthy, or he gets sick. That sort of encourages him to do his best.”
David Eddings, The Ruby Knight

“Love is a chemical reaction,
But it cannot be fully understood or defined by science.
And though a body cannot exist without a soul,
It too cannot be fully understood or defined by science.
Love is the most powerful form of energy,
But science cannot decipher its elements.
Yet the best cure for a sick soul is love,
But even the most advanced physician
Cannot prescribe it as medicine.

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

T.R. Graves
“With his revelation,...I shattered into a million shards. I felt each piece as it splintered and separated from the whole like a glass I had broken the day before. Debris flew everywhere. It left me without any option but to pick each broken piece up, analyze it, and find out where it belonged. I had to find out where I belonged.
Allison La Crosse - Warriors of the Cross”
T.R. Graves, Warriors of the Cross

Mary Roach
“There wasn't an anhydrous lacrimal gland in the room...”
Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stephen B. Pearl
“Life is a sewer and we are all but swimmers within it. Smart people do the backstroke. (In other words you gotta have a giggle.)”
Stephen B. Pearl, Tinker's Plague

Anne McCarthy Strauss
“A Medical Affair is more than compelling fiction. It also is a powerful narrative about how relationships between physicians and patients can evolve in unethical, even unlawful ways. And as a medical ethicist and educator, I was delighted to see Strauss deftly weave important information about sexual misconduct by physicians into her story line.”
David Orentlicher
Professor of law, medicine and ethics at Indiana University. Oversaw drafting of American Medical Association's ethical guidelines on intimate relationships between physicians and their patients”
Anne McCarthy Strauss, A Medical Affair

Kerri Maniscalco
“Where in a medical dictionary does it say a woman cannot handle such things? What is a man's soul made of that a woman's is not? I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours are filled with steel and steam-driven parts.”
Kerri Maniscalco, Stalking Jack the Ripper

Kristin Hannah
“Please don't humiliate me by killing yourself before we can save your life.”
Kristin Hannah, Home Again

Ian Martin
“Ever met a sympathetic doctor? No ways. They’re always impatient, glancing at the watch, calculating the price of your sickness against the price of another pair of shoes for the bitch wife with the reluctant cunt.”
Ian Martin, Henry Fuckit's Nursing Notes

Ian Martin
“You never know what’s lurking in the bloodstream, or skulking under the foreskin, or squatting in the liver, or flitting hither and thither from branch to branch in the bronchial forest.”
Ian Martin, Henry Fuckit's Nursing Notes

Sarah Palin
“Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy.”
Sarah Palin

“We are racing down Main Street. Arthur is right on the tail of a blck sedan with tinted windows that won't pull over. He slams the horn.
"Arthur," I say.
The car doesn't yield.
"Arthur," I say.
He hits the horn again, still close on the car's bummper.
"Arthur, our turn was back there.”
Peter Canning

“Dr.Costa then offered important clues to differentiate the syndrome from polio. in tick paralysis there is no fever, the spinal fluod is normal, the knee jerk and other reflexes are lost early, the patient is passive and apathetic, and, of course, the child has had a recent tick bite, or an attached tick is found.”
Pamela Nagami, Bitten: True Medical Stories of Bites and Stings

Steven Magee
“In modern society, it is not enough to be an engineer, a doctor, a chemist, a biologist, or a physicist, you must be all of them to understand why human health is failing on such a massive scale.”
Steven Magee

“Rather than being fearful of not detecting disease, both patients and doctors should fear healthcare. The best way to avoid medical errors is to avoid medical care. The default should be: I am well. The way to stay that way is to keep making good choices - not to have my doctor look for problems.”
John Mandrola

“Treat your feet the way you treat your face”
dr suzanne levine

Brendan Lawley
“Time heals small wounds.”
Brendan Lawley, Bonesland

Alexis Dupree
“Surgery is easy; it's recovery that's hard.”
Alexis Dupree, Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal--5 Steps for Successful Recovery Even If You Have Complications: Practical Advice from a Patient

Alexis Dupree
“Give your knee replacement a name so you can swear at it. Trust me, you'll swear at it like a sailor many, many times. And when friends ask about it by its name, you can whine to your heart's content. It's not you who's whining; it's your named knee replacement.”
Alexis Dupree, Knee Replacement Advice, Checklists, and Journal--5 Steps for Successful Recovery Even If You Have Complications: Practical Advice from a Patient

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