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Medical Quotes on Death

Ø  A disease which new and obscure to you, Doctor, will be known only after death; and even then not without an autopsy will you examine it with exacting pains. But rare are those among the extremely busy clinicians who are willing or capable of doing this correctly. - Hermann Boerhaave

Ø  A dry cough is the trumpeter of death. A small hurt in the eye is a great one. - English proverbs

Ø  A good physician appreciates the difference between postponing death and prolonging the act of dying. - Minerva

Ø  A long illness seems to be placed between life and death, in order to make death a comfort both to those who die and to those who remain. - Jean de La Bruyere

Ø  A mild attack of apoplexy may be called death’s retaining fee. - Giles Menage

Ø  A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass. - Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Henry Thrale)

Ø  A serious illness or a death advertises the doctor exactly as a hanging advertises the barrister who defended the person hanged. - George Bernard Shaw

Ø  All deaths are hateful to miserable mortals, but the most pitiable death of all is to starve. - Homer

Ø  All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life. - Thomas Mann

Ø  Always give the patient hope, even when death seems at hand. - Ambroise Pare

Ø  And lo, The Hospital, grey, quiet, old, Where Life and Death like friendly chafferers meet. - William Ernest Henley

Ø  Approaches to death and dying reveal much of the attitude of society as a whole to the individuals who compose it. The development of ideas of what constitutes a good death can even be traced to prehistory. - Dame Cicely Saunders

Ø  As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. - Leonardo da Vinci

Ø  As art surgery is incomparable in the beauty of its medium, in the supreme mastery required for its perfect accomplishment, and in the issues of life, suffering, and death which it so powerfully controls. - Sir Berkeley Moynihan

Ø  Birth, copulation and death. That’s all the facts when you come to brass tacks. - Thomas Stearns Eliot

Ø  Brain death may very well be a distinct, physiological entity but this concept of death is not accepted in many cultures and much anthropological evidence exists to demonstrate this. - Paul Gill

Ø  By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too. - William Shakespeare

Ø  Dear gentlemen, let me die a natural death. - Sir Samuel Garth

Ø  Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure. - Mortimer Collins

Ø  Death from the bubonic plague is rated, with crucifixion, among the nastiest human experiences of all. - Guy Williams

Ø  Death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits. - John Webster

Ø  Death in anything like luxury is one of the most expensive things a man can indulge himself in. It costs a lot of money to die comfortably, unless one goes off pretty quickly. - Samuel Butler

Ø  Death is a debt we all must pay. - Euripides

Ø  Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men. - Herodotus

Ø  Death is a punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favour. – Seneca

Ø  Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh. - Marcus Aurelius

Ø  Death is not the greatest of ills, it is worse to want to die, and not be able to. – Sophocles

Ø  Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. - William Hazlitt

Ø  Death is the poor man’s best physician. - Irish Proverb

Ø  Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confounded. - Sydney Smith

Ø  Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go. - Jean de La Fontaine

Ø  Death, I suppose, may be a process rather than an instantaneous event. - Viscount Simon

Ø  Disease is a dynamic process. It has a beginning - slow or sudden – develops, reaches in many cases an acme, and ends in recovery or death. - Henry E. Sigerist

Ø  Diseases of the heart and circulation predominate as causes of morbidity and death in the developed parts of the world, and are becoming of increasing importance in developing countries. - D. G. Julian

Ø  Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death. - St. Basil the Great

Ø  Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me. And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. - Rabindranath Tagore

Ø  From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death, Good Lord, deliver us. - Book of Common Prayer

Ø  He had been, he said, a most unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it. - Charles II

Ø  He that dies before sixty, of a cold or consumption, dies, in reality, by a violent death. - Henry Fielding

Ø  Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or ‘broken heart’, is excuse for cutting off one’s life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one. - Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

Ø  Humankind probably always has been interested in the blood because it is likely that even primitive peoples realized that loss of blood, if sufficiently great, was associated with death. - Maxwell Wintrobe

Ø  I am dying with the help of too many physicians. - Alexander (III) the Great of Macedon

Ø  I am not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens. - Woody Allen

Ø  I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. - Sir Thomas Browne

Ø  I knew a man who had been virtually drowned and then revived. He said that his death had not been painful. - Andre Maurois

Ø  If any part of the after-burden be left sticking to the uterus the after-purgings will flow forth evil-scented, green and as if they proceeded from a dead body: and sometimes the courage and strength of the womb being quite vanquished, a sudden Gangrene doth induce a certain death. - William Harvey

Ø  If I refuse to allow my leg to be amputated, its mortification and my death may prove that I was wrong; but if I let the leg go, nobody can ever prove that it would not have mortified had I been obstinate. Operation is therefore the safe side for the surgeon as well as the lucrative side. - George Bernard Shaw

Ø  If you must commit suicide, always contrive to do it as decorously as possible; the decencies, whether of life or of death, should never be lost sight of. - George Borrow

Ø  If you suppress laboratories, physical science will be stricken with barrenness and death. - Louis Pasteur

Ø  In my experience it is most exceptional to see an old case of albuminuric retinitis; this latter affection seems to occur at a late stage of the general disease, so that death supervenes before the retinal changes have existed for very long. - Robert Marcus Gunn

Ø  In scarcely any house did only one die, but all together, man and wife with their children and household, traversed the same road, the road of death. - John of Clyn

Ø  In the mortality bills, pneumonia is an easy second, to tuberculosis; indeed, in many cities the death-rate is now higher and it has become, to use the phrase of Bunyan, ‘the Captain of the men of death.’ - Sir William Osler

Ø  It hath been often said, that it is not death, by dying, which is terrible. - Henry Fielding

Ø  It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other. - Sir Francis Bacon

Ø  It is better to employ a doubtful remedy than to condemn the patient to a certain death. - Anonymous

Ø  It is not the fear of death which creates the desire for immortality, but the desire for immortality which causes the fear of death. - Otto Weininger

Ø  Keep up your patient’s spirits by music of viols and ten-stringed psaltery, or by forged letters describing the death of his enemies, or by telling him he has been elected to a bishopric, if a churchman. - Henri de Mondeville

Ø  Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. - Vladimir Nabokov

Ø  Life is the sum of the functions that resist death. - Xavier Bichat

Ø  Life levels all men: death reveals the eminent. - George Bernard Shaw

Ø  Living is a sickness from which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It’s a palliative. The remedy is death. - Nicolas Chamfort

Ø  Man and the animals are merely a passage and channel for food, a tomb for other animals, a haven for the dead, giving life by the death of others, a coffer of corruption. - Leonardo da Vinci

Ø  Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live. - Book of Common Prayer

Ø  Meanwhile the medical profession - with our awesome and to some terrifying powers over life and death - must continue to earn that public trust by being absolutely clear that the law as it stands means we must never treat our patients with the intent of accelerating their deaths. - Raanan Gillon

Ø  Medicine is not about conquering diseases and death, but about the alleviation of suffering, minimising harm, smoothing the painful journey of man to the grave. - Petr Skrabanek

Ø  Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. - Sir Francis Bacon

Ø  No training of the surgeon can be too arduous, no discipline too stern, and none of us may measure our devotion to our cause. For us an operation is an incident in the day’s work, but for our patients it may be, and no doubt it often is, the sternest and most dreaded of all trials, for the mysteries of life and death surround it, and it must be faced alone. - Sir Berkeley Moynihan

Ø  Nurses and doctors who accompany patients on their final journey out of this life observe many ways of dying and many mechanisms of death. Some of these we understand to a greater extent than others. - Jonathan E. Rhoads

Ø  One can survive everything nowadays, except death. - Oscar Wilde

Ø  One cannot help a man to come to accept his impending death if he remains in severe pain, one cannot give spiritual counsel to a woman who is vomiting, or help a wife and children say their goodbyes to a father who is so drugged that he cannot respond. - Mary Baines

Ø  One of the common mechanisms has been the accumulation of nutritional deficits leading very often to a loss of resistance to infection and the occurrence of an acute infection, such as pneumonia as the immediate prelude to death. - Jonathan E. Rhoads

Ø  Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself. - Havelock Ellis

Ø  Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself. -Albert Schweitzer

Ø  Patients rarely die of the disease from which they suffer. (Secondary or terminal infections are the real cause of death.) - Sir William Osler

Ø  Physicians ought not to give their judgment of religion, for the same reason that butchers are not admitted to be jurors upon life and death. - Jonathan Swift

Ø  Quackery gives birth to nothing; gives death to all things. - Thomas Carlyle

Ø  Science without conscience is the death of the soul. - Anonymous

Ø  Sleep and Death, who are twin brothers. - Homer

Ø  So death, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us, since so long as we exist, death is not with us; but when death comes, then we do not exist. It does not then concern either the living or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more. - Epicurus

Ø  Teach him to live rather than avoid death: life is not breath, but action, the use of our senses, our mind, our faculties, every part of ourselves which makes us conscious of our being. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ø  That sweet, deep sleep, so close to tranquil death. – Virgil

Ø  The boundaries which divide life from death are, at best, shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends and where the other begins? - Edgar Allan Poe

Ø  The captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away was the consumption; for it was that brought him down to the grave. - John Bunyan

Ø  The doctors will treat those of your citizens whose physical and psychological constitution is good: as for the others, they will leave the unhealthy to die and those whose psychological constitution is incurably warped they will be put to death. – Plato

Ø  The fear of death is crueler than death itself. - Latin proverb

Ø  The first breath is the beginning of death. – Proverb

Ø  The great majority gave no signs one way or the other; like birth, their death was a sleep and a forgetting. - Sir William Osler

Ø  The hunt has run its course, and the fox will die. His death will be quick—quicker by far than the death of a mouse in the paws of a cat, of a rat in the jaws of a terrier or of a human in the hands of his doctor. - Roger Scruton

Ø  The love of life, or fear of death, makes most men unwilling to allow that their constitution is breaking; and for this reason they are ready to impute to any other cause what in reality are the signs of approaching and unavoidable decay. - William Heberden

Ø  The mode of death is sadder than death itself. - Marcus Valerius Martialis Martial

Ø  The most rational cure after all for the inordinate fear of death is to set a just value on life. - William Hazlitt

Ø  The murders fed Shipman’s fascinating, thrilling, addictive need for proximity to death. Death that he had controlled. - David James Smith

Ø  The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. - Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)

Ø  The transition between life and death should be gentle in the winter of life. - Rudolph Matas

Ø  There are but three events which concern man: birth, life and death. They are unconscious of their birth, they suffer when they die, and they neglect to live. - Jean de La Bruyere

Ø  There are two things which Man cannot look at directly without flinching: the sun and death. - Duc Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Ø  There is a justice according to which we may deprive a man of life, but none that permits us to deprive him of death: that is merely cruelty. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Ø  There is alas no law against incompetency; no striking example is made. They learn by our bodily jeopardy and make experiments until the death of the patients, and the doctor is the only person not punished for murder. - Pliny the elder

Ø  There is no cure for birth and death saves to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana

Ø  There is no short cut from chemical laboratory to clinic, except one that passes too close to the morgue. - Anonymous

Ø  There is no such thing as a natural death: nothing that happens to a man is ever natural, since his presence calls the world into question. - Simone de Beauvoir

Ø  There is only one ultimate and effectual preventive for the maladies to which flesh is heir, and that is death. - Harvey Cushing

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