Sunday, April 03, 2005

Call Blogging

On call, and it's a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Nothing like being stuck in the hospital on a sunny day...
For a long time I have kept a little collection of diverse quotes that are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and sometimes are just inside jokes for physicians. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • You should not prevent patients from getting well on their own. Sir William Osler
  • The patient died of old age -- he just happened to be in the hospital. Anon.
  • All postoperative complications begin in the operating room. Larry Carey, M.D.
  • Technology is sometimes more advanced than our ability to apply it properly. Anon.
  • Despite frantic urgings from the referring physician, avoid operating on dead people. Anon.
  • The feasibility of an operation is not the best indication for its performance. Lord Moran (Churchill's physician)
  • Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. Sir Winston Churchill