Peter Mere Latham

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.

Peter Mere Latham (July 1, 1789July 20, 1875) was an English physician and educator.

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  • The practice of physic is jostled by quacks on the one side, and by science on the other.
    • Book I, ch. 25
  • There is nothing so captivating as new knowledge.
    • Book I, ch. 51
  • Truth in all its kinds is most difficult to win; and truth in medicine is the most difficult of all.
    • Book I, ch. 60
  • Beware of language, for it is often a great cheat.
    • Book I, ch. 138
  • The diagnosis of disease is often easy, often difficult, and often impossible.
    • Book I, ch. 173
  • We should always presume the disease to be curable, until its own nature prove it otherwise.
    • Book I, ch. 174
  • Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use, be it great or be it small!
    • Book II, ch. 11
  • Common sense is in medicine the master workman.
    • Book II, ch. 389
  • It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth.
    • Book II, ch. 398
It takes as much time and trouble to pull down a falsehood as to build up a truth.
  • Faith and knowledge lean largely upon each other in the practice of medicine.
    • Book II, ch. 408
  • It is no easy task to pick one's way from truth to truth through besetting errors.
    • Book II, ch. 415
  • It would be a great thing to understand pain in all its meanings.
    • Book II, ch. 474
  • It is the great mystery of life itself which is at the bottom of all the mysterious language we are obliged to employ concerning it.
    • Book II, ch. 494
  • People in general have no notion of the sort and amount of evidence often needed to prove the simplest matter of fact.
    • Book II, ch. 525
  • Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.
    • Desk Reference of Clinical Pharmacology - Page 1 by Manuchair S. Ebadi - Medical - 2008
  • Perfect health, like perfect beauty, is a rare thing; and so, it seems, is perfect disease.
    • Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians - Page 179 by Linda Hammer Burns, Sharon N. Covington - Medical - 2000

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