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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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Medical Quote Of The Day

I poke fun and criticize medicine a lot.  So how about something a little more serious and thankful  from the 19th century.

"The good doctor...will find that the world gives him little attention except to impose restrictions and to exact responsibilities, and he will find his patients but little able to co-operate with him, uneasy and subject to strange moods.  But he will not be without consolations; first, the knowledge that its difficulties make his task one fit for grown men in a real world; and secondly, in co-operation with his single steady friend--the natural power of the body to resist injury and disease.  It is in work with this inimitable ally that he will earn his least corruptible reward."

--Collected Papers, Wilfred Trotter [1872-1939]

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