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Medical quotes

Just came across Oxford dictionary of medical quotations pub in 2003  , it’s an good book esp if ur interested in history of Medicine .Reading those quotes u will be surprised to find that the doctors then had a good sense of humor ..

some quotes form it …

“With the exception of lawyers, there is no profession which considers itself above the law so widely as the medical profession.”
-The Health Master Ch. 1

“The best physicians are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman.”

“The only similarity between the car and the human body is that if something is seriously wrong with the design of the former you can send it back to its maker.”
-A Sense of Asher p. 86. Pitman Medical, UK (1972)
“The prime goal is to alleviate suffering, and not to prolong life. And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering, but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.”

-Christian Barnard 1922–2001

“Medicine is like a woman who changes with the fashions.”

– August Bier

“I divided my life into three parts: in the first I learned my profession, in the second I taught it, in the third I enjoy it.”
– ” The Story of a Surgeon”, by Sir John Sutton

“You may know the intractability of a disease by its long list of remedies.”

– Clark

“Erythrocytes were primarily designed by God as tools for the immunologist and only secondarily as carriers of haemoglobin.”

– Coombs ( the Coombs test)

“From inability to let well alone; from too much zeal for the new and contempt for what is old; from putting knowledge before wisdom, science before art, and cleverness before common sense, from treating patients as cases, and from making the cure of the disease more grievous
than the endurance of the same, Good Lord, deliver us.”
– Sir Robert Hutchison ,British Medical Journal 1: 671 (1953)

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Welcome back

to myself !! 🙂

been busy these two months , adjusting to my life as an internee .

words r hard to come by once u sit down to write , they run in a jumble in ur mind , lots to write but don’t know where to start !

first – introducing the book that brought me back to my blog – Richard Bach’s  “The gift of wings” .

thumb_gift_of_(2)whenever i think of airplanes or flying i always associated it with “freedom” , i still don’t know what exactly that “freedom”  means , ‘am not able to define it ! to define it means ,to limit it , i think so.i love speed , fast cars and bikes , may be it too has got sth to do with a sense of freedom and adventure …sometimes pictures tell us more than words do – a pic of sky or sunset over the sea , or just the sea itself is so calming , a sense of being free , happy and well i can’t find words!

The way Richard Bach writes about airplanes and flying and sky ha , see this ..

“that the sky is always moving but is never gone ,

that no matter what the sky is always with us

and that the sky cannot be problems to the sky did not exist , never had existed, never would exist.

the sky doesn’t misunderstand

the sky does not judge,

the sky very simply ,is .”

Reading this books ,makes u want to fly, into the sunset , just for the fun of it , Knowing that there is always a place for u where u r  alone, at home , content .

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How long and hard can u think ?

Ah don’t read much in to it … i write to myself much as to express to others , i always think everyone will have their own version or understanding of things – written or seen and that depends as much on the author as on the reader .


I have been reading Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories and essays since a month , just came across this passage – i can’t get it out of my mind , neither can i understand it fully ….


“Whatever confines our urges inside us , and checks their free access to the outside, poisons our life .Selfishness for instance , refuses to give free play to our desires and so prevents them from working themselves through; that is why its close associate is always festering untruth. When our desires have a chance to be released in the form of worthwhile work the aberration  is dispelled and a more natural condition asserts itself . that is the true state of human nature and the joy of being human .” – this passage is from “the broken heart ” – ‘My reminiscences’ by Tagore .

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Henry David Thoreau

It’s often amusing reading  the number of adjectives  that are used to  describe the famous people.For all the simplicity Henry David Thoreau stood for – he is described as everything starting from historian , tax resister  to Transcendentalist .

so I won’t use more of those fancy titles . I want to share some of  his quotes that I like – most of them taken from his work -” Walden“.

–       A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

–      A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

–    Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.

–     Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

–    Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

An efficient and valuable man does what he can,
whether the community pay him for it or not.
The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder,
and are forever expecting to be put in office.

Say what you have to say, not what you ought.
Any truth is better than make-believe.

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William Wordsworth – DAFFODILS

I read this when i was in 9th standard , it was this beautiful poem that made me love and enjoy the “solitude” he speaks of  , in the setting of nature

“Daffodils” (1804)
I wandere’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Here are some of the poems on solitude –

by John Keats – “To solitude”

by Lord Byron – “Solitude”

by Alexander Pope – “Ode on solitude”

Rabindranath Tagore’s  “Gitanjali” , has many poems reffering to it – i will write a post on it later on …

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Any Rand .

she is one of the authors that have influenced my thought and brought a change (which i lately acknowledged ) in the way i look at things . She answered some and brought lots of new questions to my mind , her works – i found them quite troubling at first , but now i understand them a bit differently everytime( i read  Atlas Shrugged 3 times )

I like her phylosophy , her take on life – oh i don’t agree with her on most things though . the things i like most about her – her view on “work”.

i read the fountainhead, atlas shrugged, we the living..

some interesting quotes from her works –

‘I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine”

“There’s nothing of any importance except how well you do your work.”

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”

“To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.”

“It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.”- this we can afford to remember ..

“Show me your achievement, and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.”


Rand’s philosophical system is politics she promoted individual rights and laissez faire capitalism .

The book that made her famous was – ‘the fountainhead “.

What i particularly don’t like about her books is the thing that they are preachy and too long .pick them up for serious reading only .

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VENETIA – By Georgette Heyer

A delightful book . i love the characters in that book – both Venetia and Damerel and the basis of their relationship . here’s a quote – ” u will find many people to sympathise with u but not many there to laugh with !”

to be frank  , when i read a book i try to identify myself with the characters or the events in that , and thus like those i find close to myself .i like the character Venetia for this reason.

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well to start off- i read this book when i have grown up old for it . but still its a good read , entertaining certainly – a moralist fancy tale perfect for 8-12 yr old kids . I like HARRY POTTER better though – well in a way its different – u’ve grown up as the character in the book grows old and u r ready for it . but narnia is different – u can finish it off in a week – b’cos though its in 7 parts – and they r different tales – its a single setting with characters who don’ t grow old in the normal way – (eh u will understand this when u read the book).

enjoy reading it – ur never too old for good old fancy tales …….

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