Medical quotations/ Orvosi témájú idézetek

• An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.  (A.L. Barach)


• The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. (H.M. Biggs)


• To eat is human, to digest is divine. ( Ch.T. Copeland)


• Some drugs have been appropriately called „wonder drugs” in as much as one wonders what they will do next. (S.E. Stumpf)


• A fashionable surgeon, like a pelican, can be recognized by the size of his bill.  (J.Ch. Da Costa)


• Nature has given man one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak.  (Epictetus)


• The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum. (H. Ellis)


• I die by the help of too many physicians.  (Alexander the Great)


• Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.  (O.W. Holmes)


• Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.  (J.K. Kerome)


• No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.  (H. De Balzac)


• Medicine would be the ideal profession if it did not involve giving pain.  (S.H. Adams)


• Before undergoing a surgical operation arrange your temporal affairs – you may live.  (R. De Gourmont)


• A neurotic is the man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. And a psychiatrist is the man who  collects 

  the rent.  (R. Webb-Johnstone)


• Maternity is the matter of fact – paternity is the matter if speculation.  (H.G. Wells)


Exercise: Choose the right word.


1. Ugliness is a point of view: an ulcer is wonderful to a psychologist/pathologist. (O’Malley)


2. The most tragic thing in the world is a sick/healthy doctor.  (G.B. Shaw)


3. The remedy is worse/better than the disease.  (F. Bacon)


4. Medical statstics are like a pair of socks/bikini. What they reveal is interesting but what they conceal is vital.  (Unknown)


5. Any fool can cut off a leg – it takes a surgeon/internist to save one.  (G.G. Ross)


6. Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of nurses/grandparents.  (W. Osler)


7. Medicine is like a woman who changes with the news/fashion.  (A. Bier)


8. The most difficult task of the medical profession is to train patients to become sick during office hours/ward rounds only.  (E. Esar)



    Megoldás/ Solution:

  1. pathologist, 2. sick, 3. worse, 4. bikini, 5. surgeon, 6. grandparents, 7. fashion, 8. office hours









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