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John Abernethy
(1764-1831) born on
Apr 03
English surgeon. He was a surgeon who was especially celebrated for his eccentric lectures and manners.
         
   
F
There is no short cut, nor "royal road," to the attainment of medical knowledge. The path which we have to pursue is long, difficult, and unsafe.

R
We must adopt loathsome diseases for our familiar associates, or we shall never be thoroughly acquainted with their nature and dispositions; we must risk, nay even injure, our own health in order to be able to preserve or restore that of others.
A
Pray, Mr. Abernethy, what is a cure for gout?' was the question of an indolent and luxurious citizen. 'Live upon sixpence a day - and earn it,' was the cogent reply.
N
Why, Madam, do you know there are upward of thirty yards of bowels squeezed underneath that girdle of your daughter's? Go home and cut it; let Nature have fair play, and you will have no need of my advice.
K
Private patients, if they do not like me, can go elsewhere; but the poor devils in the hospital I am bound to take care of.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Hunterian Oration," 1819; in "Familiar Medical Quotations," by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.
R: "Hunterian Oration," 1819; in "Familiar Medical Quotations," by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.
A: In "Medical Portrait Gallery," Vol. II by Thomas J. Pettigrew.
N: In response to a mother who had brought her tightly laced daughter for treatment; in "Familiar Medical Quotations," by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.
K: In "Memoirs of John Abernethy," Ch. 5 by George Macilwain.
   


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