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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