Quotes from the medical profession

  • “Medicines are of subordinate importance because of their very nature, they can only work symptomatically”. Hans Kusche M.D.
  • “The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine”. William Osler, M.D.
  • “If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity”. W. Holmes, M.D. (Prof. of Med. Harvard University)
  • “Every drug increases and complicates the patient’s condition”. Robert Henderson, M.D.
  • “The greatest part of all chronic disease is created by the suppression of acute disease by drug poisoning”. Henry Lindlahr, M.D.
  • “Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciable helped by medicine”. Richard C. Cabot, M.D. (Mass. Gen. Hospital).
  • “Medicine is only palliative, for back of disease lies the cause, and this cause no drug can reach”. Wier Mitchel, M.D.
  • “Our figures show approximately four and one half million hospital admissions annually due to the adverse reactions to drugs. Further, the average hospital patient has as much as 30% chance, depending how long he is in, of doubling his stay due to adverse drug reactions”. Milton Silverman, M.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, University of California).
  • “Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick”. L.F. Kebler, M.D.
  • “Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time”. Daniel H. Kress, M.D.
  • “The necessity of teaching mankind not to take drugs and medicines, is a duty incumbent upon all who know their uncertainty and injurious effects; and the time is not far distant when the drug system will be abandoned”. Charles Armbruster, M.D.
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