The art of medicineBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7554.1373 (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1373
The aim of the art of medicine is health, but its end is the possession of health. Doctors have to know by which means to bring about health, when it is absent, and by which means to preserve it, when it is present.
Galen. On the sects for beginners. Translated by Walzer R, Frede M. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1985.