Use three physicians:
First: Dr. Quiet,
Next: Dr. Merry-man,
And Dr. Dyet.
Regimen Santiatis Salemitanum-1607
You tell your doctor that you are ill;
And what does he, but write a bill.
Of which you need not read one letter,
The worse the scrawl, the dose the better.
Matthew Prior (1664-1721)
“Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.”
Hippocrates, Decorum, c. 400 B.C.
“Nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor.”