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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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Medical Quote Of The Day

William Osler was a doctor, originally from Canada, who along with three colleagues formed the world famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  An advocate of hands-on patient experience, backed up by laboratory science--which became the standard for training doctors in this country--he is the most famous Western physician of the 20th century.

He was known and loved by students for his philosphical reflections on the medical arts.

Here are three of my favorites.

--The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.
--One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
--It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
--Sir William Osler [1849-1919]


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