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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Medicine
 
A little drug oft brings relief.  Ovid.  1
A disease known is half cured.  2
A doubtful remedy is better than none.  Latin.  3
Bitter pills are gilded.  German.  4
Bitter pills may have wholesome effects.  5
Dear physic always does good, if not to the patient at least to the apothecary.  German.  6
Desperate diseases require desperate remedies.  French.  7
I was well, would be better, took physic and died.  An epitaph.  8
If physic do not work prepare for the kirk.  9
If the pills were pleasant they would not want gilding.  10
Learn from the beast the physic of the field.  Pope.  11
Medicines are not meant to live on.  12
Meet the disease at its approach.  13
One is not so soon healed as hurt.  14
Our bane and physic, the same earth bestows,
And near the noisome nettle blooms the rose.  Ovid.
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Patients are simples that grow in every medical man’s garden.  Punch.  16
Pills must be bolted not chewed.  French.  17
Starve the measles and nourish the small-pox.  Chinese.  18
The maladies of the body may prove medicines to the mind.  Buckminster.  19
To yield to remedies is half the cure.  Seneca.  20
What cures Sancho makes Martha sick.  Spanish.  21
 
 
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