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Isocrates, Milton, Osler, and the Internet

Democracy destroys itself because it abuses its right to freedom and equality. Because it teaches its citizens to consider audacity as a right, lawlessness as a freedom, abrasive speech as equality, and anarchy as progress.

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Medical Essays

Remembering Michael Bliss

Elsbeth Heaman

In recent years I’ve sometimes had the feeling that I’m stalking Michael Bliss. Time and again I’ve wandered into a particular historical thicket, and found that he had been there ahead of me. 1,336 more words


The only way to treat the common cold is with contempt. ~ William Osler

Swallowing the turkey

Lord Rowton…says that he once asked Disraeli what was the most remarkable, the most self-sustained and powerful sentence he knew. Dizzy paused for a moment, and then said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

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The importance of an avocation

The young doctor should look about early for an avocation, a pastime, that will take him away from patients, pills, and potions . . . No is really happy or safe without one, and it makes precious little difference what the outside interest may be – botany, beetles or butterflies, roses, tulips, or irises, fishing mountaineering or antiquities – anything will do so long as he straddles a hobby and rides it hard.

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Medicine is...

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

~ William Osler