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Cure the disease, kill the patient

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38958.625220.F7 (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:948
  1. Ruth Green, senior house officer in anaesthetics
  1. Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan

    As if you would call a physician, that is thought good for the cure of the disease you complain of but is unacquainted with your body, and therefore may put you in the way for a present cure but overthroweth your health in some other kind; and so cure the disease and kill the patient.

    Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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