nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Medical Quote of The Day

Doctors' incomes have been falling, on average, for the last 12 years or so, although they still make a good living:  from $150K for a pediatrician to $600K or more for a specialty surgeon.  On average though, they make less than a full professor at Harvard, or a senior Congressional staff member.  Therefore, I was amused to read the following from a previous century:

"My old man used to say that he guessed the percentage of scoundrels was less among doctors than any other class of men, professional or otherwise, in the world...He said his own life had been saved several times by doctors and that he always paid the doctor first and let the other debts incurred during his illness wait.  He said he figured that had the doctor not saved him and put him in action again, the others would never have been paid anyway."
--The Brighter Side, Damon Runyon [1880-1946]


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