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" I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes. "
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by New Hampshire. State Board of Health, New Hampshire. State Department of Health - 1883
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Timeless Healing

Herbert Benson - 2009 - 352 pages
...solution to this negligence was radical. He said, "If all drugs available were tossed into the ocean, all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes." I am not proposing tossing medicine overboard, but infusing our doctor-patient relationships with more...
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The American Medical Ethics Revolution: How the AMA's Code of Ethics Has ...

ROBERT A. BAKER - 1999 - 396 pages
...therapeutics of the time were worthless. He said, "If the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the fishes." Homeopaths were in no sense less scientific than regulars by the standards of the nineteenth century,...
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Medically Speaking: A Dictionary of Quotations on Dentistry, Medicine and ...

C.C. Gaither - 2019 - 482 pages
...Holmes, Oliver Wendell I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes. Address to the Massachusetts Medical Society May 30, 1860 Hulme, Keri "What is your objection to hospitalisation...
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William Osler: A Life in Medicine

Michael Bliss - 1999 - 632 pages
...therapeutics: 'I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the fishes.' Holmes took care to except wine, opium, and specifics such as quinine.2i Medical intelligence seemed...
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History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction

Jacalyn Duffin - 1999 - 432 pages
...Harm: History of Pharmacology* If the whole materia medica as used, could be sunk in the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1883 In June 1991 the body of American President Zachary Taylor was exhumed...
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The Powerful Placebo: From Ancient Priest to Modern Physician

Arthur K. Shapiro, Elaine Shapiro - 2000 - 296 pages
..."which our art did not discover.""If the whole materia medica . . . could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes" (Holmes 1891, xv). Another recommended treatment was to suspend a patient by the feet or the head....
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Dark Paradise

David T. COURTWRIGHT - 2009 - 352 pages
...remark, "I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes," he specifically exempted opium, a medicine "which the Creator himself seems to prescribe."64 The therapeutic...
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Jews and Medicine: An Epic Saga

Frank Heynick - 2002 - 602 pages
...declaration in 1860, that "if the whole of the materia medica as now used could be sunk in the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind — and all the worse for the fishes." Another marginal area into which the Jewish doctors ofVienna were channeled in the age of specialization...
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"On Second Thought" and Other Essays in the History of Medicine and Science

Owsei Temkin - 2002 - 272 pages
...heard Holmes 's often quoted remark "that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, — and all the worse for the fishes."" In Vienna, therapeutic nihilists had agitated for suspending all therapy, letting the patient have...
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The Year of the Genome: A Diary of the Biological Revolution

Gerald Weissmann - 2002 - 289 pages
...anesthaesia, and I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom, it would be all the better for mankind — and all the worse for the fishes.5 ASPIRIN: THREE OF THEM Before doctors hurry to give their elderly patients the newest COX-2...
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