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Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
(20 Jul 1836 - 22 Feb 1925)

English physician who invented the short clinical thermometer (1866).

Science Quotes by Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt (9 quotes)

Another source of fallacy is the vicious circle of illusions which consists on the one hand of believing what we see, and on the other in seeing what we believe.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Attributed. Peter McDonald, In The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations (2004), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Error (230)

In science, law is not a rule imposed from without, but an expression of an intrinsic process. The laws of the lawgiver are impotent beside the laws of human nature, as to his disillusion many a lawgiver has discovered.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Attributed. Peter McDonald, In The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations (2004), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Human Nature (51)  |  Law (418)

It is steadily forgotten that health is a diathesis as much as is scrofula or syphilis and that each of these is a mode of growth.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
In Fielding Hudson Garrison, An Introduction to the History of Medicine (1929), 15.
Science quotes on:  |  Growth (111)  |  Health (136)  |  Mode (29)  |  Syphilis (4)

Lister saw the vast importance of the discoveries of Pasteur. He saw it because he was watching on the heights, and he was watching there alone.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Baron Joseph Lister', The Encyclopædia Britannica (1911), 778.
Science quotes on:  |  Lord Joseph Lister (8)

Medicine, likewise, because it deals with things, has always been for our serener circles a Cinderella, blooming maid as happily as she has grown nevertheless.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
In Fielding Hudson Garrison, An Introduction to the History of Medicine (1929), 16.
Science quotes on:  |  Medicine (322)

Students who have attended my [medical] lectures may remember that I try not only to teach them what we know, but also to realise how little this is: in every direction we seem to travel but a very short way before we are brought to a stop; our eyes are opened to see that our path is beset with doubts, and that even our best-made knowledge comes but too soon to an end.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
In Notes on the Composition of Scientific Papers (1904), 3.
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The use of thesis-writing is to train the mind, or to prove that the mind has been trained; the former purpose is, I trust, promoted, the evidences of the latter are scanty and occasional.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
From Preface to First Edition to Notes on the Composition of Scientific Papers (1904), v.
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Thus we work not in the light of public opinion but in the secrecy of the chamber; and perhaps the best of us are apt at times to forget the delicacies and sincerities which under these conditions are essential to harmony and honour.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
On Professional Education with Special Reference to Medicine (), 78.
Science quotes on:  |  Physician (232)

We are led to think of diseases as isolated disturbances in a healthy body, not as the phases of certain periods of bodily development.
— Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt
The Significance of Skin Affections in the Classification of Disease', St. Georges Hospital Reports (1867), Vol. 2, 189.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Health (136)

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