Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients... it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations.
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
Medical education does not exist to provide students with a way of making a living, but to ensure the health of the community.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
The successful teacher is no longer on a height, pumping knowledge at high pressure into passive receptacles.
Students undergo a conversion in the third year of medical school - not pre-clinical to clinical, but pre-cynical to cynical.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness.
Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
The dilemma of modern medicine, and the underlying central flaw in medical education and, most of all, in the training of interns, is the irresistible drive to do something, anything. It is expected by patients and too often agreed to by their doctors, in the face of ignorance.
Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.
Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success.
A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby's temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who's boss.
Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed.
My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
A respect for authority is the basis for most medical education. Students may become so used to memorising that they become prey to the illusion that the reason for learning to parrot lectures and textbooks is that they are the 'truth'.
Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organised to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.
First of all, I hated the medical profession. Medical education in Egypt was taken from the British, French, colonial educational system. And it's very, very lacking - there is no sexology. I never read the word clitoris in any medical book when I was educated.
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