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Rapid response to:


My lousy doctor

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:219

Rapid Response:

A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.

Dear Colleagues,

The saying, "A physician who treats himself has a fool for a
patient," is a well known-Oslerism.

Gillian Arsenault MD

Sir William Osler: Aphorisms from His Bedside Teachings and Writings.
Collected by Robert Bennett Bean, M.D. (1874-1944); Edited by William
Bennett Bean, M.D. Third Printing, 1968

Online edition at:
(quote at, under
Student Practitioner - 60 )

Competing interests:
I am Canadian and so was Osler.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 April 2004
Gillian R. Arsenault
General Practitioner
#106 22838 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, BC Canada V2X 2W2