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William Osler Quotes

William Osler
The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.
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The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
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The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease
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The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
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Here's the advice Sir William Osler gave the students at Yale: "Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well."
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In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
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There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.
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Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.
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To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.
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There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta.
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A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.
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#Fools And Foolishness

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Take the sum of human achievement in action, in science, in art, in literature -- subtract the work of the men above forty, and while we should miss great treasurers, even priceless treasures, we would practically be where we are today. . . . The effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of twenty-five and forty.
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#Achievement

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No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.
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The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.
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#Art

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Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. . . . Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
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#Communication

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Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.
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#Work

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For the general practitioner a well-used library is one of the few correctives of the premature senility which is so apt to take him.
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He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
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Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
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Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.
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#Grandparents

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Study until 25, investigate until 40, profession until 60, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
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#Age And Aging

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Advice is sought to confirm a position already taken.
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The great minds, the great works transcend all limitations of time, of language, and of race, and the scholar can never feel initiated into the company of the elect until he can approach all of life's problems from the cosmopolitan standpoint.
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#Language

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Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
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There is a form of laughter that springs from the heart, heard every day in the merry voice of childhood, the expression of a laughter -- loving spirit that defies analysis by the philosopher, which has nothing rigid or mechanical in it, and totally without social significance. Bubbling spontaneously from the heart of child or man.
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#Childhood