Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Quoting Paul Farmer

This man has the most fascinating collection of quotes. These are my favourites.

“I will define what I conceive medicine to be. In general terms, it is to do away with the suffering of the sick, to lessen the violence of their diseases, and to refuse to treat those who are over-ministered by their diseases, realising that in such cases medicine is powerless."
- Hippocrates
“The Art”

“For if medicine is really to accomplish its great task it must intervene in political and social life. It must point out the hindrances that impede the normal social functioning of vital processes and effect their removal.”
-Rudolf Virchow

“Our system is one of detachment: to keep silenced people from asking questions, to keep the judged from judging, to keep solitary people from joining together and the soul from putting together its pieces.”
-Eduardo Galeno

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