Two of my favourite quotes

Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

Today, I share two of my favourite quotes that have shaped how I see and do things. I hope they will inspire others:

I have been a physician for many years, taught by the best brains of British undergraduate and postgraduate mid-20th Century Medicine whose chief characteristic, now sadly missing, was to teach us not merely what to think but how to think. Even when this meant we students sometimes disagreed with our teachers we were applauded for it. They had succeeded in teaching us how to think.

  • Prof. F I D Konotey-Ahulu.

It is one thing to operate with the chief at your elbow on a patient whose vital functions are being monitored by an expert anaesthetist at the head of the table. It is quite another to be almost alone at midnight, struggling with a patient in shock from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, as the light fades in and out while a superannuated generator tries to function on adulterated diesel oil. Then is the moment of truth when you realize that an excellent theoretical foundation is not the only thing you need…

  • Gerald Hankins
    The Shanta Bahwan Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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