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Abraham Verghese Quotes

Lets take away the incentives to do to patients and instead create incentives to do for patients, to be with patients. We dont need to do comparative effectiveness trials to see if that works; we can just ask patients.
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Wasn't that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted

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I spent as much time as I could with Ghosh. I wanted every bit of wisdom he could impart to me. All sons should write down every word of what their fathers have to say to them. I tried. Why did it take an illness for me to recognize the value of time with him? It seems we humans never learn. And so we relearn the lesson every generation and then want to write epistles. We proselytize to our friends and shake them by the shoulders and tell them, "Seize the day! What matters is THIS moment!" Most of us can't go back and make restitution. We can't do a thing about our should haves and our could haves. But a few lucky men like Ghosh never have such worries; there was no restitution he needed to make, no moment he failed to seize.
Now and then Ghosh would grin and wink at me across the room. He was teaching me how to die, just as he'd taught me how to live.

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Geography is destiny.

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My sense is that the wonderful technology that we have to visualize the inside of the body often leaves physicians feeling that the exam is a waste of time and so they may shortchange the ritual.

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Though I am fascinated by knowledge, I am even more fascinated by wisdom.

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In writing, as in medicine, there are no short cuts. You need stamina.

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Do they listen?"
He held up a finger. "Every year one does," he said, ginning, "But that one makes it worthwhile. Even Jesus only did twelve. I try to get one a year.

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Children were the foot wedged in the closing door, the glimmer of hope that in reincarnation there would be some house to go to, even if one came back as a dog, or a mouse, or flea that lived on the bodies of men. If ... there was a raising of the dead, then a child would be sure to see that its parents were awakened.

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You see, young Dr. Marion, that's what makes us human. We always want more.

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Envy Is Behind Flattery.

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There wasn't any point in dwelling in the pain of the past, not when the future could hold suck pleasure.

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And as for my father? No, he wouldn't ever walk through those gates; I now knew that. Whatever Thomas Stone had, wherever he was at this moment, he had no idea what he'd given up in the exchange.

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Sisters of the Nigrizia

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An admonishment of sorts, the gentle warning of one who arrived on an earlier ship: You there! Listen! Independence and resilience. This is what the new immigrant needs. Don't get fooled by all this activity. Don't invoke the superorganism. No, no. One functions alone in America. Begin now.

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She found her greatness, at last, found it in her suffering. Once you have greatness, who needs anything else?

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In an emergency, what treatment is given by ear? Words of Comfort.

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