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William Osler Quotes

Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly, at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day.
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Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.

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One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.

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The person who takes medicine must recover twice,once from the disease ,and once from the medicine.

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Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.

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Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

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The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

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We may indeed be justly proud of our apostolic succesion. THESE ARE OUR METHODS - to carefully observe the phenomena of life in all its stages , to cultivate reasoning faculty so as to be able to know the true from the false. THIS IS OUR WORK - to prevent disease, to relieve suffering and to heal the sick.

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No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.

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The future is today.

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Patients rarely die of the disease from which they suffer. Secondary or terminal infections are the real cause of death.

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Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health.

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By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy-indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.

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Conservatism and old fogeyism are totally different things; the motto of one is "Prove all things and hold fast that which is good" and of the other "Prove nothing but hold fast that which is old."

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The true poetry of life: the poetry of the commonplace, of the ordinary man, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.

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A man is sane morally at thirty, rich mentally at forty, wise spiritually at fifty-or never!

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The most essential thing for happiness is the gift of friendship.

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Few diseases present greater difficulties in the way of diagnosis than malignant endocarditis, difficulties which in many cases are practi- cally insurmountable. It is no disparagement to the many skilled physicians who have put their cases upon record to say that, in fully one-half the diagnosis was made post mortem.

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