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Armand Trousseau
(14 Oct 1801 - 27 Jun 1867)

French doctor who was one of the greatest masters of the French medicine, highly regarded for his methods of research and observation. He made a large number of original clinical contributions to medicine and neurology.

Science Quotes by Armand Trousseau (10 quotes)

[Trousseau regarded as the chief aim of medicine:] Get that patient well.
— Armand Trousseau
As quoted by F.H. Garrison in editorial, 'The Evil Spoken of Physicians and the Answer Thereto', Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine (Feb 1929), 5, No. 2, 145.
Science quotes on:  |  Health (136)  |  Patient (116)  |  Treatment (88)

A knowledge of the specific element in disease is the key to medicine.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau, as translated by P. Victor and John Rose Cormack, Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1873), Vol. 1, 452.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Element (129)  |  Key (38)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Specific (30)

Every science touches art at some points—every art has its scientific side.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau and John Rose Cormack (trans.), Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1869), Vol. 2, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (205)  |  Point (72)  |  Science (1699)  |  Science And Art (157)  |  Touch (48)

In early times, medicine was an art, which took its place at the side of poetry and painting; to-day, they try to make a science of it, placing it beside mathematics, astronomy, and physics.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau and John Rose Cormack (trans.), Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1869), Vol. 2, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (205)  |  Astronomy (175)  |  Early (39)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Painting (24)  |  Physics (301)  |  Poetry (96)  |  Science (1699)  |  Science And Art (157)  |  Time (439)  |  Today (86)

Knowing, henceforth, the physiognomy of the disease when allowed to run its own course, you can, without risk of error, estimate the value of the different medications which have been employed. You will discover which remedies have done no harm, and which have notably curtailed the duration of the disease; and thus for the future you will have a standard by which to measure the value of the medicine which you see employed to counteract the malady in question. What you have done in respect of one disease, you will be able to do in respect of many; and by proceeding in this way you will be able, on sure data, to pass judgment on the treatment pursued by your masters.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau, as translated by P. Victor and John Rose Cormack, Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1873), Vol. 1, 40-41.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Harm (31)  |  Judgment (72)  |  Know (321)  |  Malady (5)  |  Measure (70)  |  Medication (6)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Remedy (46)  |  See (197)  |  Treatment (88)  |  Value (180)

Observe the practice of many physicians; do not implicitly believe the mere assertion of your master; be something better than servile learner; go forth yourselves to see and compare!
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau, as translated by P. Victor and John Rose Cormack, Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1873), Vol. 1, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Assertion (23)  |  Belief (400)  |  Compare (15)  |  Implicit (4)  |  Learner (4)  |  Master (55)  |  Mere (41)  |  Observe (48)  |  Physician (232)  |  Practice (67)  |  See (197)  |  Servile (3)  |  Yourself (5)

The worst scientist is he who is not an artist; the worst artist is he who is no scientist.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau and John Rose Cormack (trans.), Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1869), Vol. 2, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Artist (46)  |  Science And Art (157)  |  Scientist (447)  |  Worst (14)

Therapeutics and materia medica are in this day in the chaos of a transition.
— Armand Trousseau
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Science quotes on:  |  Chaos (63)  |  Therapeutics (2)  |  Transition (15)

To know the natural progress of diseases is to know more than half of medicine.
— Armand Trousseau
In Armand Trousseau, as translated by P. Victor and John Rose Cormack, Lectures on Clinical Medicine: Delivered at the H๔tel-Dieu, Paris (1873), Vol. 1, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (257)  |  Half (35)  |  Know (321)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Natural (128)  |  Progress (317)

We do not know the mode of action of almost all remedies. Why therefore fear to confess our ignorance? In truth, it seems that the words “I do not know” stick in every physicians throat.
— Armand Trousseau
In Bulletin de l’Acad้mie imp้riale de m้decine (1860), 25, 733.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (151)  |  Confess (9)  |  Ignorance (190)  |  Know (321)  |  Physician (232)  |  Remedy (46)  |  Stick (19)  |  Throat (10)  |  Truth (750)  |  Word (221)



Quotes by others about Armand Trousseau (1)

Herrmann Pidoux and Armand Trousseau stated 'Disease exists within us, because of us, and through us', Pasteur did not entirely disagree, 'This is true for certain diseases', he wrote cautiously, only to add immediately: 'I do not think that it is true for all of them'.
Pasteur Vallery-Radot (ed.), Oeuvres de Pasteur (1922-1939), Vol. 6, 167. Quoted in Patrice Debré, Louis Pasteur, trans. Elborg Forster (1994), 261.
Science quotes on:  |  Cause (231)  |  Caution (15)  |  Certain (84)  |  Disease (257)  |  Statement (56)  |  Through (3)  |  Truth (750)  |  Within (6)


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