John Abernethy

1764 - 1831

A Quote by John Abernethy on adoption, disease, familiarity, health, nature, order, and risk

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.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: “Hunterian Oration," 1819; in Familiar Medical Quotations, by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.

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A Quote by John Abernethy on difficulty, knowledge, and path

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.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: “Hunterian Oration," 1819; in Familiar Medical Quotations, by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.

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A Quote by John Abernethy on advice, daughters, home, nature, needs, and play

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.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: Familiar Medical Quotations, by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.

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A Quote by John Abernethy on citizenship, day, indolence, luxury, and questions

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.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: Medical Portrait Gallery, Vol. II by Thomas J. Pettigrew.

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A Quote by John Abernethy on devil, hospitals, and privacy

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.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: Memoirs of John Abernethy, Ch. 5 by George Macilwain.

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