Quotes About Surgery

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Patrick O'Brian
“I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.”
Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain

Henri Matisse
“I didn't expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I'm living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.”
Henri Matisse

“Surgeons can cut out everything except cause.”
Herbert M. Shelton

“Cutting out bad habits is far more effective than cutting out organs.”
Herbert M. Shelton, Fasting for Renewal of Life

Agnostic Zetetic
“No one has the right to demand that your body be something other than what it is.”
Agnostic Zetetic

Henry Marsh
“When push comes to shove we can afford to lose an arm or a leg, but I am operating on peoples thoughts and feelings... and if something goes wrong I can destroy that persons character... forever.”
Henry Marsh

Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
“We priests are the surgeons of souls, and it is our duty to deliver them of shameful secrets they would fain conceal, with hands careful to neither wound no pollute.”
Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Le plus bel amour de Don Juan précédé de Le rideau cramoisi

Abraham Verghese
“Surgery was the most difficult thing I could imagine.

And so I became a surgeon.”
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

“Scars are simply modern battle wounds. Sometimes the enemy happens to be inside us.”
Andrew Grey

David Cronenberg
“Philosophy is surgery; surgery is philosophy.”
David Cronenberg, Consumed

Amy Rankin
“The nurse told him that my surgery had been moved to 1:00, and the transport was coming at 9:30. This worried Mom and Dad because they had been told that skull replacement was not a priority surgey.”
Amy Rankin, Nobody Thought I Could Do It, But I Showed Them, and So Can You!

Philip Ball
“No matter who you were in sixteenth-century Europe, you could be sure of two things: you would be lucky to reach fifty years of age, and you could expect a life of discomfort and pain. Old age tires the body by thirty-five, Erasmus lamented, but half the population did not live beyond the age of twenty. There were doctors and there was medicine, but there does not seem to have been a great deal of healing. Anyone who could afford to seek a doctor's aid did so eagerly, but the doctor was as likely to maim or kill as to cure. His potions were usually noxious and sometimes fatal—but they could not have been as terrible and traumatic as the contemporary surgical methods. The surgeon and the Inquisitor differed only in their motivation: otherwise, their batteries of knives, saws, and tongs for slicing, piercing, burning, and amputating were barely distinguishable. Without any anesthetic other than strong liquor, an operation was as bad as the torments of hell.”
Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science

Abhishek Leela Pandey
“I used to think how dangerous the world would have been if these ants were the size of dogs. They would have cut the humans in two halves just by a single strike of their flippers.”
Abhishek Leela Pandey, The Man with Five Heads

David Cronenberg
“Do I shock you? We are very playful here. It's a good tone for an operating theater. It is a theater, after all.”
David Cronenberg, Consumed

“A clown makes you laugh it doesn't mean he knows how to perform a surgery.”
kambiz shabankareh, The Last Smile of The Plaster-man

Elizabeth Percer
“His information was multifaceted, almost colorful. Had he not delivered it with such impassivity, spinning on his backless chair as if he were at the center of some odd carousel - we the horses, each with our own rigid purpose: names for me, numbers for my father, promises for my mother - it would have been a speech worth remembering.”
Elizabeth Percer, An Uncommon Education

أنيس منصور
“كل العمليات الجراحية صغيرة .. و لكن العملية الكبرى هي دفع تكايفها !”
أنيس منصور, زى الفل أو أحزان هذا الكاتب

Steven Magee
“I made the mistake of using my earned sick time at the W. M. Keck Observatory for essential surgery. When I returned to work the management team demanded my resignation numerous times, citing my essential surgery as a reason. The W. M. Keck Observatory taught me that using earned sick time in the USA may put your future employment at significant risk.”
Steven Magee

Lisa Bedrick
“Doctors; all they do is make you worse and take all your money. That's a general statement.”
Lisa Bedrick, On Christian Hot Topics

Kim van Alkemade
“He walked across the room and flicked a switch. A spotlight turned on, illuminating a laminated poster of a woman on his wall. He took a crayon from his pocket and began drawing on it. I could see smudges from past demonstrations. [. . .] His dashed lines crisscrossed the woman's chest as if he were planning a military maneuver on undulating terrain.”
Kim van Alkemade, Orphan Number Eight

Laura Kasischke
“And, for the first few months after her surgeries, Holly had felt, horribly, as if she'd been turned into a machine, an unkillable robot. She had terrible dreams in which she was searching for her body parts on shelves lined with thousands of other body parts, floating in thousands of jars. In the dreams, Holly was convinced that her soul had been located in one of those body parts, and now her soul was trapped for eternity in formaldehyde and glass.”
Laura Kasischke, Mind of Winter

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David Cronenberg
“My luminaries!" he sang out. "I am thrilled to have you here. I have been rereading both your works in preparation for our glorious collaboration."


"You will forgive my enthusiasm and my presumption. But you must accept that what we are here today to do with each other cannot be subsumed under the mantle of medical procedure alone. For me to put the scalpel into your hand, my dearest Monsieur Arosteguy, is basically a crime, you understand. Though I fully comprehend the emotional ownership of the breast involved with the husband and the wife. In the light of that ownership, the alien surgeon is an intruder, a rapist, a violator. Why should he be allowed to sever that most beautiful organ from that beloved body? Who the fuck is he anyway? No, only the husband should have the right to do that intimate severing with all its resonances of personal history. And so on. But legally it's a crime. So what's the solution in our heads? In my head, the solution is that we are not committing surgery, but are creating an art/philosophy / crime/ surgery project. The three of us. A collective. The Arosteguy Collective Project. Do you agree?"

Celestine and I glanced at each other and could see that we were immediately in sync. We were overwhelmed, horrified, and also delighted.”
David Cronenberg, Consumed

Russ Ramsey
“With all due respect to my surgeon, in a perfect world he would be out of a job.”
Russ Ramsey, Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death

Edison McDaniels
“A large piece of lead floated out of Bobby head, followed by dark chunks of what could only be pieces of Bobby's brain.

The torrent started up again. It flowed steady rather than pulsed with his heart. I knew from that, and from the amount of blood, that it was that mofo vein bleeding. And probably more than a small tear if the amount of blood was telling. I thought there had to be a hole the size of Montana in that thing.

"Jesus Mother Mary" I said, then "Stitch!"

The scrub tech slapped a needle holder into my palm, a curved needle and silk stitch clamped into the end of it. I might have closed my eyes—I've been told I do that sometimes in surgery when I'm trying to visualize something—though if so I don't remember doing it. I took that needle and aimed it into the pool of blood.

"Suck here Joe, right here."

When I thought I could see something, something gray and not black red, I plunged the pointy end of the needle through whatever the visible tissue was and looped it out again. I cinched it down and tied it quick, then repeated the maneuver again after adjusting slightly for lighting, sweating, my own bounding heartbeat, and the regret I wasn't wearing my own diaper.

We're losing, I thought.”
Edison McDaniels, Juicing Out

Maurice Renard
“To her despair was added a philosophical dejection, the feeling of every thinker who, venturing an inquisitive finger beneath the velvet of a throne, comes upon the coarse pinewood . . . And then it was she fell victim to a still more painful disquiet. The dead man they had just carted off, like a lump of matter no longer of any use, made it hideously plain how closely hospitals resemble factories. Under the scalpel, living flesh is treated there like wood under the plane or steel under the rolling-mill.”
Maurice Renard, The Hands Of Orlac

Atul Gawande
“Tears wet my eyes. I’m a surgeon. I like solving things. But how do I solve
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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