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Sir John Forbes
(Dec 1787 - 13 Nov 1861)

Scottish physician and medical writer who was personal physician to Queen Victoria. With Dr. Conolly, he established the quarterly British and Foreign Medical Review (Jan 1836 to 1847). Forbes performed nearly all of the editorial work. It became known as 'Forbes' Review' and read throughout Europe.

Science Quotes by Sir John Forbes (2 quotes)

Before his [Sir Astley Cooper’s] time, operations were too often frightful alternatives or hazardous compromises; and they were not seldom considered rather as the resource of despair than as a means of remedy; he always made them follow, as it were, in the natural course of treatment; he gave them a scientific character; and he moreover, succeeded, in a great degree, in divesting them of their terrors, by performing them unostentatiously, simply, confidently, and cheerfully, and thereby inspiring the patient with hope of relief, where previously resignation under misfortune had too often been all that could be expected from the sufferer.
— Sir John Forbes
In John Forbes (ed.), British and Foreign Medical Review (Jul 1840), 10, No. 19, 104. In Bransby Blake Cooper, The Life of Sir Astley Cooper (1843), Vol. 2, 37.
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In a large proportion of cases treated by physicians the disease is cured by nature, not by them. In a lesser, but not a small proportion, the disease is cured by nature in spite of them.
— Sir John Forbes
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