German-born American Physician and Author
"Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them."
"A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession."
"Here's good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee."
"Any man who does not make himself proficient in at least two languages other than his own is a fool."
"A machine has value only as it produces more than it consumes ? so check your value to the community."
"Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof."
"Research has been called good business, a necessity, a gamble, a game. It is none of these ? it's a state of mind."
"The great doctors all got their education off dirt pavements and poverty ? not marble floors and foundations."
"There is only one reason why men become addicted to drugs ? they are weak men. Only strong men are cured, and they cure themselves."
"When a man lacks mental balance in pneumonia he is said to be delirious. When he lacks mental balance without the pneumonia, he is pronounced insane by all smart doctors."