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"I think there should be a new petition in the litany to be read in hospital chapels or wherever doctors and nurses do, or ought to, congregate. It might be as follows: 'From inability to let well alone; from too much zeal for the new and contempt for what is old; from putting knowledge before wisdom, science before art, and cleverness before common sense, from treating patients as cases, and from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same, Good Lord, deliver us.' "
-- Sir Robert Hutchison (1871-1960), Scottish physician and paediatrician, in: British Medical Journal, 1953, i: 671

"The patient is the centre of the medical universe around which all our work revolves and towards which all our efforts tend."
-- John Benjamin Murphy (1857-1916), American physician and abdominal surgeon

"To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all."
-- Sir William Osler (1849-1919), Canadian physician, in: "Books and Men" in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (1901)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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