Aphorism #15



“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”

Sir William Osler

This is more actual today than ever. I would add to the above quote not to take unnecessary medicine such as narcotics, antianxiety, antidepressant, sleeping and diet pills and so-called megavitamins, stimulants, etc. This is of course a multibillion dollar business…Any comments?


4 thoughts on “Aphorism #15

  1. If everybody would be healthy there would be no need for physicians. Today’s “fashionable” illnesses are mainly caused by the “product” of civilisation.

    • Unfortunately not everybody would be always healthy even in an ideal world. Certainly the Western civilization made us sedentary, obese and neurotic. We think popping pills will solve our problems. That is not the case. Heart attack, cancer and diabetes remain today’s “fashionable” illnesses. I guess we will need the good doctor for the foreseeable future.

  2. We might need the good doctor no matter where we live, be it the Amazonas rainforest or downtown Detroit…By the way you are not forced to eat in McDonalds, it is just dirt cheap and convenient…;-).

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