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patients Quotes

10 of the best book quotes about patients
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“Like many doctors of his era, TeLinde often used patients from the public wards for research, usually without their knowledge. Many scientists believed that since patients were treated for free in the public wards, it was fair to use them as research subjects as a form of payment.”
Rebecca Skloot
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TeLinde
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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research
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“He said patients came first, prisoners second, and students third, but this didn’t leave out much of humanity.”
Doctor Paul Farmer
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“David drove Henrietta nearly twenty miles to get [to Hopkins], not because they preferred it, but because it was the only major hospital for miles that treated black patients. This was the era of Jim Crow—when black people showed up at white-only hospitals, the staff was likely to send them away, even it if meant they might die in the parking lot”
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“The only non-compliant people are physicians. If the patient doesn’t get better, it’s your own fault. Fix it.”
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“Even if you are perfect, the world isn’t. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”
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“What I want to tell you is, I think the English patient is not English.”
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“In this room, I had sat with patients and explained terminal diagnoses and complex operations; in this room, I had congratulated patients on being cured of a disease and seen their happiness at being returned to their lives; in this room, I had pronounced patients dead . . .”
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“As a resident, my highest ideal was not saving lives—everyone dies eventually—but guiding a patient or family to an understanding of death or illness.”
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“Being with patients in these moments certainly had its emotional cost, but it also had its rewards. I don’t think I ever spent a minute of any day wondering why I did this work, or whether it was worth it.”
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“Dr. Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse.”

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