100+ Best Medical Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational medical quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Medical Quotes

I studied at the Hebrew University Medical Faculty, graduated, and was an Israel Defense Forces’ combat physician on a Navy ship. — Aaron Ciechanover

Genome-based treatment, based on wider and cheaper availability of genome data, will provide new ways to customize the therapeutic protocol and enhance our control over diseases and medical treatment. — Nayef Al-Rodhan

Here at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we have genetically rearranged various viruses and bacteria as part of our medical research. In fact, we have been able to create entirely new types of DNA molecules by splicing together the genetic information from different organisms – recombinant DNA. — James D. Watson

The growing professional disciplines of medical ethics and bioethics have had a profound impact on researchers, bedside doctors, associations of physicians, and government. — Sherwin B. Nuland

And of course, identifying all human genes and proteins will have great medical significance. — Daniel Nathans

I used to worry about what would happen five or 10 years from now, but I don’t anymore. I thought about going to medical school because that has always interested me, but decided against it. — Hamilton Jordan

Dad always explained the car engine when he repaired it, and he had many technical books, so I was making electromagnets by age eight as well as reading my mother’s medical and nursing books. I suspect I was born with a boundless curiosity, and this was encouraged through my childhood. — Barry Marshall

I want medical experiments on animals stopped. They don’t do anything, and they don’t work, — Sam Simon

Harvard Medical School, the University of South Florida and the American Psychiatric Association have all conducted studies showing that the earlier one begins gambling, the more likely it is he or she will become an addicted, problem gambler. — Spencer Bachus

In 1973, I left the Rockefeller University to join the Yale University Medical School. The main reason for the move was my belief that the time had come for fruitful interactions between the new discipline of Cell Biology and the traditional fields of interest of medical schools, namely Pathology and Clinical Medicine. — George Emil Palade

I know we can’t always know what medical surprises may happen during childbirth. But my hope is to go fully natural – no epidural, no interventions. — Danica McKellar

I think of myself as a fairly logical, scientific and somewhat reserved person. Maura Isles, the Boston medical examiner who appears in five of my books, is me. Almost everything I use in describing her, from her taste in wine to her biographical data, is taken from my own family. Except I don’t have a serial killer as a mother! — Tess Gerritsen

Jews were asked when life begins. For them it’s when they finally graduate medical school. — Evan Sayet

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction. — Alfred Adler

My diminished girth, in tailor phraseology, was hardly conceivable even by my own friends, or my respected medical adviser, until I put on my former clothing, over what I now wear, which is a thoroughly convincing proof of the remarkable change. — William Banting

Your genome knows much more about your medical history than you do. — W. Daniel Hillis

Fort Smith, being the place of my longest stay, was the scene of my largest medical practice. — Ernest Thompson Seton

I broke two knuckles in my right hand when I gave Jean-Claude Van Damme an attitude adjustment. I got nothing except a medical bill. — Chuck Zito

My interest was directed, from my medical student days, to Immunology, and particularly to the mechanism of hypersensitivity. I had suffered from bronchial asthma as a child and had developed a deep curiosity in allergic phenomena. — Baruj Benacerraf

Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created. — Peter Shaffer

I was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s excellent public schools, from kindergarten through medical school. — Ami Bera

Was this an old disease, and, if so, which one? If it was new, what did that say about the state of medical knowledge? And in any case, how could physicians make sense of it? — Peter Lewis Allen

Stay out of the sun, because it is the worst thing in terms of aging. I’m very medical. I come from a medical family. — Nicole Kidman

I am committed to ensure that our intelligence community, law enforcement, medical professionals, and military have the information and funding needed to protect the American people from threats at home and abroad. — Leonard Boswell

In 1963 and later papers, I pointed out that the special market characteristics of medical care and medical insurance could be explained by reference to differences in information among the parties involved. — Kenneth Joseph Arrow

It is a medical fact that children can have a better chance in life with better looks, better health and more vigor if the teeth, nose, throat and mouth are taken proper care of at the crucial time of childhood. — George Eastman

I met my husband, Jacob, in medical school. We married and went to live in Hawaii where his family lived. It was very beautiful, but I wasn’t used to being on an island and needed wide open spaces. Eventually we moved to Maine, New England. — Tess Gerritsen

The stuff that I find really intriguing is always how do ordinary people behave in extraordinary circumstances. And that’s why we have a lot of cop shows and lawyer shows and medical shows is that you’re looking for situations that just always heighten the stakes. — Zeljko Ivanek

You’re not going to eliminate concussions. Anytime you hit your head, you have a chance of getting a concussion, in any sport, too. I think we have to learn more about it. Part of it is rules, part of it is equipment, part of it is medical studies, knowing more about the brain. — John Madden

I saw my friends in medical school seeming to be more engaged with the real world. That provoked a sort of jealousy, and I decided to go to medical school after all. — Harold E. Varmus

I am a medical scientist, not a practical physician. — Robert Jarvik

The politics have always been difficult in medicine. There is some truth in the way medical practice is portrayed in TV dramas. — Barry Marshall

I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. — Sandra Fluke

I broke down while at Oxford, was rejected by a record number of medical tribunals during the War, and finally got permission to leave Oxford and do civilian work till the War ended. — Leonard Alfred George Strong

Long regarded as central to the contemporary understanding of medical ethics are four principles that must be satisfied in order to fulfill the requirements of moral decision-making. These principles are autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence. — Sherwin B. Nuland

Although I completed two years of internship in various small hospitals, I decided against continuing my medical training. I was much more fascinated by the unsolved problems of medicine than by practicing it. — Gunter Blobel

Every country in the world is battling the rising cost of health care. No community anywhere has demonstrably lowered its health-care costs (not just slowed their rate of increase) by improving medical services. They’ve lowered costs only by cutting or rationing them. — Atul Gawande

In the real world, 90% of the money spent on medical research is focused on conditions that are responsible for just 10% of the deaths and disability caused by diseases globally. — Peter Singer

After I read all the medical journals and watched all the documentaries, I still didn’t understand the physical sensation of ticking and where it comes from and what it feels like — Robin Tunney

I only worked theater jobs, but they were all really silly when I first graduated. I was a line monitor at ‘Spamalot,’ which means I got there at 8 A.M. and told people how much the tickets were for standing room. I was an NYU Medical School fake patient, to teach doctors how to talk to patients. — Lauren Worsham

My 94-year-old grandmother has always been so inspiring to me. She is kind, smart, brave, and independent. After graduating number one in her medical school class at a time when it was extremely rare for women to attend medical school, she worked with the World Health Organization in North Africa to eradicate tuberculosis. — Kelsey Chow

Some struggle with medical issues – like insomnia – that make sleep hard. But for many of us, the quantity and quality of sleep come down to a matter of choice. Still, only a few enterprising economists have looked closely at this, and generally, those have assumed that we choose our hours of sleep optimally. — Sendhil Mullainathan

I would like to promote the concept of a partnership of insurance companies, physicians and hospitals in deploying a basic framework for an electronic medical records system that is affordable. — Samuel Wilson

Because of my medical and ideological training, I am accustomed to saying that life is adaptation and symbiosis. — Tabare Vazquez

I do not want medical men to discuss whether or not my work is valuable, because I know what it will do. I want them to tell me how best this new knowledge of rapidly restoring paralysed people to health and strength can be applied where it is needed. — Elizabeth Kenny

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social Security and Medicare to provide for old age. They’ve lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance. — Ron Chernow

Patient autonomy is paramount to the oath that we take when we enter the profession of medicine. That is why I am appalled when the federal government gets between my patients and their right to the full range of medical information and complete access to health care. — Ami Bera

Immortality Device has been tested and researched by medical researchers all over the world from time to time. They email me and told me what they found. I post their results sometimes on my site. — Alex Chiu

I was reading about all of these medical and psychological experimental programs that the government and various intelligence agencies had run throughout the 20th century. Any book you can read on that, there’s some really horrifying and fascinating stuff that goes on there. — Caitlin Kittredge

When I last looked, there weren’t queues of eager guys under 40 hanging outside single ladies’ doors begging them to give up work and have their babies. It takes two to tango and the same number, without medical help, to make a child. — Mariella Frostrup

I’m not sure the least educated members of the population are missing out on the advances in medical technology as much as they are adopting harmful behavioral habits that shorten their life. — S. Jay Olshansky

The vast majority of people who speak to me say they have had brilliant care. When they are critical, their concern tends not to be directed at the medical side but the ancillary things that surround it, such as helping patients to eat meals, cleanliness, and making sure that when patients have a problem, they are listened to. — Andrew Lansley

With a lot of help from my high school teachers, I went to college and became a medical tech at a clinic outside Kansas City. — Karolyn Grimes

I did live through Katrina and also Hurricane Rita, which hit Lake Charles. Interestingly, when Katrina hit, they evacuated and Lake Charles was one of the evacuation destinations. We opened up the civic center of the city to the evacuees and provided them free medical and psychiatric care there. — Dale Archer

For me, the ability to use semiconductor sequencing to provide a medical diagnosis in just a few hours that once took days is a crucial step in saving the lives of patients. This is particularly significant for the treatment of sepsis, where every minute matters. — Chris Toumazou

I really admire medical people. They have a great sense of humour, and they just have to get on with it. — Neve McIntosh

I do hope to be an adult actor. But if it doesn’t work out, I’ve been thinking about doing something in the medical therapy field, chiropractics or something like that. I’ve always been into the idea of helping people medically, but I can’t stand blood or surgery. That freaks me out. So this would be a bloodless way to help people. — Nathan Kress

We are glad to tie up with a humanitarian organization, which is being promoted by Prince Abdul Aziz. This partnership will greatly help in assisting needy renal-failure patients by supplying them equipment, medicines and other medical supplies, while encouraging and supporting scientific research. — Sulaiman Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi

I’m a medical doctor and a biomedical scientist. — Steven Hatfill

In high school I had B’s and C’s, not too many A’s, but I must have done well on that medical school test, and I must have had some charisma in the interview, so I ended up in medicine. Being a general practitioner was all I aspired to. — Barry Marshall

When I was at school studying biology, I wanted to be a medical researcher. I did work experience at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and I begged them to let me see the post mortems. So the first time I saw a naked male was at 15, when I saw an 89 year old man who had died of a brain hemorrhage. — Katherine Parkinson

You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him ‘Doctor.’ — Abe Lemons

My contention is that if we expand the patient-centered health care approach, we’ll have less people that have to go the medical clinic that provides free service or go to the emergency room – they can have their own health care plan. — Tim Walberg

Once you’re labeled as mentally ill, and that’s in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as an artefact of your mental illness. — Hilary Mantel

Your genome sequence will become a vital part of your medical record, thereby providing critical information about how to optimize your wellness. — Leroy Hood

In the sick room, ten cents’ worth of human understanding equals ten dollars’ worth of medical science. — Martin H. Fischer

A major driver of the cost of healthcare in the United States is a compromise that was reached with the American Medical Association in the 1960s when Medicare was first established. — Clayton Christensen

Everybody who’s a physician, who makes vaccines, who wants to find the cure for cancer. Everybody who wants to do any medical good for humankind got the passion for that before he or she was 10. — Bill Nye

When I went to medical school, the term ‘digital’ applied only to rectal exams. — Eric Topol

Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances. — Julie Bishop

In 1970, Dean Robert Ebert offered me the Chair of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. I moved to Harvard because I missed the university environment and, more particularly, the stimulating interaction with the eager, enthusiastic, and unprejudiced young minds of the students and fellows. — Baruj Benacerraf

TED Women will focus on the ideas and innovations championed by women and girls. These cover everything from community development to economic growth to biodynamic farming to robotics to medical treatments to the use of technology for personal safety and peace making. — Pat Mitchell

When I was a young girl, I was so crazy about animals that I wanted to do something associated with them, and I thought of being a vet. But then again, I figured I had to go to medical school, and science wasn’t a good subject for me, so I dropped the idea pretty soon and thought maybe I could be a vet’s assistant. — Olivia Newton-John

Americans of all ages deserve quality end-of-life medical care. — Bill Nelson

Modern medical advances have helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives. We owe these improvements to decades of investment in medical research — Ike Skelton

I have a couple of dozen books on my reader: ideal for a long trip or an afternoon waiting at the medical clinic. It’s flexible. — Barbara Hambly

It’s really hard for me to memorize the medical jargon if I don’t know the meaning of every single word. So I do have to do a little Wikipedia/YouTube research to figure out what I’m talking about. — Kelly McCreary

Only medical hypnosis is capable of opening up amnesia. — Betty Hill

Jobless workers, especially those out of work for months and years, don’t have the skills to multitask in a fast-paced economy where medical workers need to know electronic record-keeping, machinists need computer skills, and marketing managers can no longer delegate software duties. — Nina Easton

I’m 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow down – at least he did until he dropped dead. — Cesar Romero

Be an advocate for your loved ones in the hospital. Ask tough questions of your local hospital and health system about preparedness for the likeliest emergencies, and express your views on how medical resources should be allocated in case they ever fall short. — Sheri Fink

There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine. — Gerald F. Lieberman

I found out that colonels can stay until they drop dead or get a walker and being a critical medical specialty as an Army trained emergency room doctor, I could stay until age 67. — Gerald Griffin

You don’t train someone for all of those years of medical school and residency, particularly people who want to help others optimize their physical and psychological health, and then have them run a claims-processing operation for insurance companies. — Malcolm Gladwell

Electronic medical records are, in a lot of ways, I think the aspect of technology that is going to revolutionize the way we deliver care. And it’s not just that we will be able to collect information, it’s that everyone involved in the healthcare enterprise will be able to use that information more effectively. — Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

I have been able to have a family and to dedicate quality time to my two sets of twins and my husband, as well as to serve on the boards of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Montefiore Medical Center. — Karen Finerman

My best friend in medical school was a magician. And we were shown an X-ray of a sword-swallower, and I tried it and failed. Then I got a sword-swallower as a patient, and he taught me. — Hans Rosling

Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever. — Greg Anderson

It was in August or September of 1995 that I met Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana and I met through Oonagh Toffolo, whose husband was recovering from heart surgery at the Royal Brompton. At the time, I was working for Professor Yacoub, the heart surgeon, and Mr. Toffolo was one of his patients, so I was involved in his medical treatment and care. — Hasnat Khan

Many low-income children face chronic stress from nutritional deprivation or persistent violence at home or in the community. By addressing their medical, emotional and developmental needs through a comprehensive clinical care model, we can lower their risk of developing long-term physical and mental health issues. — Irwin Redlener

I definitely love ‘Camelot.’ It’s my favorite show. I’m a big ‘True Blood’ fan. I love ‘American Idol,’ and I love my girl J-Lo. The rest are my homework shows: ‘Forensic Files,’ ‘Dr. G. Medical Examiner,’ ‘The First 48.’ — Tamala Jones

Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life. — Potter Stewart

In medical school, it’s quite possible to get taught that you can diagnose everybody and treat everything. But then you get out in the real world and find that for most patients walking through your door, you have no idea what’s causing their symptoms. — Barry Marshall

One of the most interesting things about science fiction and fantasy is the way that the genres can offer different perspectives on matters to do with the body, the mind, medical technology, and the way we live our lives. — Tansy Rayner Roberts

Well-trained medical doctors and engineers leave Nigeria to the developed countries. We want to reverse that. — Goodluck Jonathan

Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness. — Ezekiel Emanuel

The literature of menopause is the saddest, the most awful, and the most medical of all genres. You’re sleepless, you’re anxious, you’re fat, you’re depressed – and the advice is always the same: take more walks, eat some kale, and drink lots of water. It didn’t help. — Sandra Tsing Loh

Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell. — Cass Canfield

In learning to utilize antibiotics for the control of human and animal diseases, the medical and veterinary professions have acquired powerful tools for combating infections and epidemics. — Selman Waksman

I teach in the medical school, the School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Business School. And it’s the best perch… because most of my work crosses boundaries. — Michael Porter

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