English Medical Educator
"We should always presume the disease to be curable, until its own nature prove it otherwise."
"Unfortunately, where there is no experiment of exact science to settle the matter, it takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth. "
"Medicine is a strange mixture of speculation and action. We have to cultivate a science and to exercise an art. The calls of science are upon our leisure and our choice the calls of practice are of daily emergence and necessity."
"There are things which will not be defined, and Fever is one of them. Besides, when a word had passed into everyday use, it is too late to lay a logical trap for its meaning, and think to apprehend it by a definition."
"Fortunate indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use."
"Truth in all its kinds is most difficult to win; and truth in medicine is the most difficult of all."
"It is the great mystery of life itself which is at the bottom of all the mysterious language we are obliged to employ concerning it."
"People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact."
"How is it that in medicine Truth is thus measured out to us in fragments, and we are never put in trust of it as a whole."