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America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. Walter Cronkite
There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance. Karel Capek
Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. Eugene V. Debs
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. Benjamin Disraeli
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. Peter Latham
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. Washington Irving
There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes. Katharine Whitehorn
There is a mistrust of government medicine in the African American community especially because of Tuskegee. It dates back to that, We haven't dealt with the damage of Tuskegee in a meaningful way ... R. Allen Perkins
The Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion. Nigel Lawson
Big Soda employs Washington lobbyists. Big Soda throws money at science and scientists. Big Soda pays for and defends "pouring rights" in elementary schools, high schools and universities. And Big Soda continues to insist its products offer an excellent source of "hydration," which is a little like saying smoking fulfills the basic human need to inhale. Big Soda knows what it's doing. Mark Schatzker
In order to stabilize human population growth, we must prioritize the education of girls, the empowerment of women, the provision of ubiquitous access to the knowledge and techniques of fertility management, and the continued raising of child survival rates. Al Gore
Climate change affects the occurrence and spread of disease by impacting the population size and range of hosts and pathogens, the length of transmission season, and the timing and intensity of outbreaks. Union of Concerned Scientists
It is amazing and pathetic how much patent medicines these people buy. There seem to be thousands of brands for sale, and whites and blacks try to buy all of them. This must be a great expense considering the low salaries paid. There is, accordingly, more sickness and misery here than anywhere else in the country.... Dangerous drugs are swallowed like chickens down corn George Samuel Schuyler
I had the feeling after a meeting with company executives that they were at no time wholly frank with me, and this attitude has obtained in all our conferences, etc. regarding this drug. Francis Kelsey
If we we were to intentionally set out to cause the extinction of a species, we should think about that. I would want there to be some consideration and reflection of a social consensus before we take that step. Henry T. Greely
No doctor should ever have to call an insurance man to ask permission to treat a patient who is standing right there. Michael Moore
The concept of insurance is not to share risk but to avoid risk. William Marshall Thomas
You can only cure retail, but you can prevent wholesale. G. Brock Chisholm
The objective of the World Health Organization shall be "the attainment by all peoples of highest possible level of health. World Health Organization
Everyone, without distinction as to economic and social conditions, has the right to the preservation of his health through the highest standards of food, clothing, housing and medical care which the resources of the State and community can provide. The responsibility of the State and community for the health and safety of its people can be fulfilled only by provision of adequate health and social measures United Nations
These end of life decisions are so difficult and so personal that government ought to stay out of it. Vic Snyder
There is absolutely no good reason – medical or law enforcement – that marijuana should not be legal. Nick Gillespie
Medicare will pay for Viagra but they won’t for eyeglasses. They give you a hardon, but they won’t let you see where to put it. Barry Levinson
Pandemics happen. When they do, they change the world. Mike Leavitt
AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals Jerry Falwell
Giving good medical care to people who need it is not a good way to make a profit. Insurance companies make their money by creaming the market. Jonathan Cohn
Embryonic stem cell research is a key that will unlock the future. Gordon Smith
We cannot have tomorrow’s miracles if we tie scientists’ hands with yesterday’s rules. Gordon Smith
Three centuries ago they came for sandalwood. Today the bastards are after our genes Lopeti Senituli
If you have breast tissue, you can have breast cancer. So don’t be macho about it. Edward Brooke
As a people we have become obsessed with Health. There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this. We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying. Lewis Thomas
Dr. Beetroot Anonymous
Not only do they give you a beautiful face and skin, but they also protect you from disease. Manto Tsnabalala-Msimang
Social inequality kills. It unduly deprives individuals and communities experiencing social deprivation of their health, increases their burden of disease and disease, and cuts short their lives. Nancy Krieger
If the health insurance plan members of Congress have is good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for every American. Anna Burger
Efforts to fight and win the Global War on Terror, while simultaneously promoting democracy throughout the world, also require an improved and creative campaign of public diplomacy …. We can use medicine as a currency for peace. William Frist
Humanity has but three great enemies: fever, famine, and war; of these by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever. William Osler
People blame themselves for their own layoffs…. We ignore the effect on mental health. Every person in this society who is laid off is told that they lack value…. We undermine public health. Louis Uchitelle
The mortal enemies of man are not his fellows of another continent or race; they are the aspects of the physical world which limit or challenge his control, the disease germs that attack him and his domesticated plants and animals, and the insects that carry many of these germs as well as working notable direct injury. This is not the age of man, however great his superiority in size and intelligence; it is literally the age of insects. Warder Clyde Allee
Take up the White Man's burden— In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain, To seek another's profit And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill All the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling
I’d rather you have my pecker cut off. Lyndon B. Johnson
Slow-motion suicide Ervin Duggan
You have got these tobacco guys so mad at you. These guys hate you! Be careful. These guys are capable of killing you. Thomas P. O'Neill
With you at HEW, Carter has no chance to carry North Carolina, Virginia, or Kentucky – and maybe even Connecticut, where they make cigars. That anti-smoking campaign will kill him. Ted Kennedy
We live in a prosperous country. And our prosperity is not only a blessing—it’s also an obligation. Mike Leavitt
The Surgeon General tells us that we should eat less fat and more fiber. Did you ever take a good look at him? He didn’t get that spare tire around his waist by eating trail mix. Johnny Carson
Our profession is one of a progressive character, and it requires all our energies to keep pace with its advancement. Silas H. Douglas
One learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what deviates from it, for the purpose of preserving health when it already exists and restoring it when it has been lost. Avicenna; ibn Sina
For more than two centuries now, Muslims are lacking the Islamic-based governance of their public systems of life including the art of healing. Asim A. Hussein
Health is the most excellent of God’s blessings upon a person after unshakable faith. Muhammad
Overeating is the source of all disease. Muhammad
Healing Advices for the Poor Rhazes
One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England. Glenn T. Seaborg
What gets measured, gets done. David Satcher
All the legislation ever secured for the ventilation or safety of mines, factory or workshop is the result of the efforts of organized labor? Samuel Gompers
Canada cannot be the drugstore of the United States of America. Ujjal Dosanjh
This is using taxpayer money to pay for the intentional destruction of human life Sam Brownback
Nowadays smoking has spread to every section of our society, even to young boys in the markets and in their homes. No one can deny the harmful effects that it has on one's body, financial condition, society and religion. Muhammad Al-Uthaymeen
Pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to enter or remain in the business of manufacturing vaccines — unpredictable consumer demands and lack of financial incentives make vaccine manufacture a risky business. Anthony Fauci
I consider my job a gift. Anthony Fauci
If I could make any change in the health system, it would be education, education, education. Joycelyn Elders
The following classes of aliens shall be excluded from admission into the United States: All idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons, and persons who have been insane within five years previous; persons who have had two or more attacks of insanity at any time previously; paupers; persons likely to become a public charge; professional beggars; persons afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous contagious disease; persons not comprehended within any of the foregoing excluded classes who are found to be and are certified by the examining surgeon as being mentally or physically defective, such mental or physical defect being of a nature which may affect the ability of such alien to earn a living; persons who have been convicted of or admit having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy, anarchists, or persons who believe in or advocate the overthrow by force or violence of the Government of the United States, or of all government, or of all forms of law, or the assassination of public officials United States Congress
The doctrine of freedom applies everywhere in the world…. Freedom from hunger, freedom from disease, and freedom from tyranny for all mankind Richard Nixon
When the British people were asked what was the most important thing that the country had ever done, winning World War II came second. Establishing the National Health Service came first. John Reid
Finding a balance between hoped for cures and respect for life: That is the challenge. Robert Krulwich
The home is the foundation of sanity and sobriety; it is the indispensable condition of continuity; its health determines the health of society as a whole. Robert Menzies
Prescription drugs today represent 60¢ on every dollar spent for health care. Ten years ago it was only 10¢. Rahm Emanuel
Our health insurance system was created in WWII when there was a huge shortage of workers for defense plants and offices. Giving health insurance was a way of recruiting people into the workforce. The employer centered health insurance system has been with us ever since, but no one ever designed it. Rahm Emanuel
It is illegal for any person, firm, or corporation to sell, offer to sell, or to bring into the state for the purpose of selling, giving away, or otherwise disposing of, any cigarettes, cigarette paper, or substitute for the same Tennessee
Thousands and tens of thousands die of diseases of the lungs generally brought on by tobacco smoking. . . . How is it possible to be otherwise? Tobacco is a poison Samuel Green
No one can use tobacco without more or less injury. . . John B. Wight
Adulterated cigarettes—Any person within the state who manufactures, sells or gives to any one, any cigarette containing any ingredient deleterious to health or foreign to tobacco, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Michigan
The Case Against The Little White Slaver Henry Ford
Israel has been deliberately disseminating AIDS in Arab nations. Hezbollah
They don't know how to control us. That is why they send us spies, cancerous substances, epidemics and various diseases – because they consider us to be enemies. They consider the entire Arab nation to be their greatest enemy. Sameh Ashour
Unhealthy food has gotten a whole lot cheaper and healthy food has gotten a whole lot more expensive… We have to make healthy food cheaper and unhealthy food more expensive, but we are not ready to go there yet. Thomas R. Frieden
Our health care system is terribly broken… Health comes from much more than health care and health care is much more than hospitals. We do a good job on treatment and a terrible job on prevention. Thomas R. Frieden
Diabetes and obesity together are the worst disease facing the country and its getting worse Thomas R. Frieden
When you show people good information, they make good decisions. Thomas R. Frieden
While some people exaggerate it, there is no doubt about it that second hand smoke kills Thomas R. Frieden
When anyone dies from a preventable disease in New York City, it’s my fault. Thomas R. Frieden
People who can turn on a tap and have safe and clean water to drink, to cook with and to bathe in often take it for granted — and yet more than one billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to use potentially harmful sources of water Lee Jong-Wook
I don’t think that anyone should gain a competitive advantage by providing or not providing health care insurance. This is an area where government must get involved. Lee Scott
Democracy has to deliver. It is not enough for people to vote. They must also eat. Madeleine Albright
I recommend that a law be enacted to regulate interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks, and drugs.... Traffic in foodstuffs which have been debased or adulterated so as to injure health or to deceive purchasers should be forbidden. Theodore Roosevelt
It will define us as a civilized and ethical society forever in the eyes of history. William Frist
These people are becoming very sensible of the baneful effects produced on their morals, their health and existence, by the abuse of ardent spirits, and some of them earnestly desire a prohibition of that article from being carried among them. The legislature will consider whether the effectuating that desire would not be in the spirit of benevolence and liberality which they have hitherto practiced toward these our neighbors, and which has had so happy an effect toward conciliating their friendship. Thomas Jefferson
I have stopped at farm after farm where lean, underfed women and sickly men repeated again and again the same story—little food and no opportunity to get more. Theodore Roosevelt
Parks are as essential to the physical and emotional health of a city as the water supply. Enrique Penalosa
Parks and public space are … important to a democratic society because they are the only places where people meet as equals. Enrique Penalosa
No risk that is preventable is acceptable. Rick Hind
Hide nothing. It always gets found out. David Nabarro
Anything you say before a pandemic occurs sounds alarmist; anything you say after it occurs is inadequate. Mike Leavitt
Most of us believe that we are morally bound to live as long as we can and to help our neighbors do the same. Bill Clinton
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. P. J. O'Rourke
Let him not throw urine or feces into the water, nor saliva, nor clothes defiled by impure substances, nor any other impurity, nor blood, nor poisonous things. Manu
There is no such thing as a spare embryo. George W. Bush
Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. George W. Bush
Just like children must be taught to read in order to be successful, they must also be taught the skills that will help them stay healthy throughout their entire life. Joe Manchin
Another challenging issue facing our correctional system is the delivery of adequate health care services. As you know, the inmate population is very difficult to serve. Often people who arrive at our institutions have high health risk factors and have long neglected medical conditions. Ruth Ann Minner
You can’t do public health in a war zone. Paul Farmer
Pandemics happen. They have happened three times in the last 100 years…. They change the politics, the culture, the society. Pandemics do that …. Pandemics reshape history …. The likelihood of a pandemic is almost certain…. The consequences are worldwide. Mike Leavitt
Without going into a philosophical debate on the rights of the unborn, it is important to recognize the right of women to safe abortion. Even in the case of medically-indicated abortions, the pregnancy termination often results in maternal death, and may cause serious morbidity. Shershah Syed
Adults worldwide can today look forward to a life-expectancy of 60 plus. But not young Pakistani women: they die like flies, daily, during childbirth... Shershah Syed
The health of our nation is the wealth of our nation. Anonymous
Christians were sprinkled with water at birth and thus relieved of washing for the rest of their lives. Anonymous
Health Care For People, Not Profits. Anonymous
I am vaccinated! Anonymous
Liberton Anonymous
Murder More Monkeys! Anonymous
Silence is health! Anonymous
I believe in health care reform. I believe that HMS’s should be sued. Spencer Abraham
Silence = Death ACT UP
Saving lives is the top morality. Mohammed Akhter
In the developing countries the United Nations doesn't mean frustration, confrontation or condemnation. It means environmental sanitation, agricultural production, telecommunications, the fight against illiteracy, the great struggle against poverty ignorance and disease. Miguel A. Albornoz
Is there anything in the existing condition that makes the duty of Congress to put the liberty of all the people of the United States in jeopardy?... Are we going to take up the question of what a man shall eat and what a man shall drink, and put him under severe penalties if he is eating or drinking something different from what the chemists of the Agricultural Department think desirable? Nelson W. Aldrich
Tobacco culture [in the American South] represented an all-out assault on the environment for the sake of a crop that did no good and much harm to people’s health as well as to the land, not to mention the political and moral effects of relying on slavery for a labor force. Stephen Ambrose
Health is the first of all liberties. Henri Frederic Amiel
Sociometric status is a powerful determinant of health. Marcia Angell
When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. Anonymous
Vaccinations are bidding defiance to Heaven itself, even to the will of God …. the law of God prohibits the practice Anti-Vaccination Society of Boston
Education, day care, health care—there's not a parent in the country that doesn't have a stake in one of these issues. Bruce Babbitt
It (masturbation) is called … ‘beastliness’, and this is about the best name for it…. Should it become a habit, it quickly destroys both health and spirits; he becomes feeble in body and mind, and often ends up in a lunatic asylum. Robert Baden-Powell
The high cost of health care is creating a crushing burden, threatening our economy. John Baldacci
When the social security age was first established as 65, most people didn't live to be that old. Michael Barone
We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it. Dave Barry
Full service connected disability and medical care [for veterans] ought to be absolutely inviolate and is. Steve Bartlett
It is wise statesmanship which suggests that in time of peace we must prepare for war, and it is no less a wise benevolence that makes preparation in the hour of peace for assuaging the ills that are sure to accompany war. Clara Barton
There is no wealth like health. Wisdom of Ben Sira
I don’t think I’d set money above public health. I place them all at the highest ranking. Geoffrey C. Bible
It was not possible to resist pressure from judges and the media who declared the treatment valid before it was tested. Rosario Bindi
Does your desire to smoke anywhere, at any time, trump the right of others to breathe clean air … ? … The need to breathe clean air is more important than the license to pollute it. Michael Bloomberg
It is very difficult to clinically diagnose someone who is dead. Gabor Boritt
I want to remove the taboo from mental illness. Virginia Bottemley
The increasing elderly population, rising expectations about what should be available, and costs of medical advancement—these are problems all countries face ... Virginia Bottemley
The entire matter of abortion is private and personal. Barbara Boxer
Some children need help from the day they are born. T. Berry Brazelton
It bothers me when people smoke three packs of cigarettes a day for thirty years and then stick me with their health bill. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The killing of the unborn is crazy. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
We're loaning money for tobacco at below market rates of interest, and then we're spending money to tell people not to use the product. Hank Brown
In order to reduce the consumption of unhealthy foods, we should impose large snack taxes -- in the range of 5 to 10 percent Kelly D. Brownell
Twinkie Tax Kelly D. Brownell
Medicine, the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence. James Bryce
With 80,000 dead of AIDS, our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide Pat Buchanan
Americans with mental illness deserve our understanding and they deserve excellent medical care. George W. Bush
Economic security can vanish in an instant without health security. George W. Bush
Our job is to incarcerate offenders and not hospitalize sick people…. We are reluctant to advocate better mental help facilities within our jail as it would only attract more people in need of mental health services John Caceci
I have heard with much pain that you have not recovered your health yet. Would a session in the [State] legislature be of benefit to you? John Campbell
It [debate over abortion] has the ability to dominate things so much that you can't do anything else. Michael N. Castle
… mankind will no longer passively submit to crushing poverty with its effects of death, disease, and decline. Catholic Church
What better way to help health prevention than to ban all handguns. John Chafee
A strong family is a necessary precursor to a healthy child. Wesley Clark
Every time somebody ends up in a hospital because of a condition that is, we believe, caused by behaviors that they have been willing to pursue, you and I help pay for their care. So we need to try to put some focus on individual responsibility. Hillary Clinton
As more of our medical records are stored electronically, the threats to our privacy will increase. Bill Clinton
Medical decisions ought to be made by medical doctors—not insurance companies. Bill Clinton
To ensure a healthier and more abundant world, we simply must slow the world’s explosive growth in population. Bill Clinton
A hospital ought to be a house of healing, not a monument to paperwork and bureaucracy. Bill Clinton
Nowhere are the divisions of race and ethnicity more sharply drawn than in the health of our people. Bill Clinton
The pharmaceutical industry is spending $1 billion more each year on marketing and lobbying than it does on developing new and better drugs. Bill Clinton
We cannot have profits at the expense of our children. Bill Clinton
When catastrophic illness wipes out a middle class family's income, they come to the government for help and they come in a hurry. Gregory Coler
America's health-care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. Walter Cronkite
Cigarettes are bad, but taxes and big government are worse. Thomas D. DeLay
Cigarettes are bad, but taxes and big government are worse. Thomas D. DeLay
Some say quality of life is best defined by spotless parks and litter-free roadways. But for me it is best exemplified by a happy, healthy baby or by a teen-ager with a diploma in hand and a sparkle in the eye. David Dinkins
I proceed, gentlemen, briefly to call your attention to the present state of insane persons within the Commonwealth, in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens—chained naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience. Dorothy Dix
Early detection [of prostate cancer] saved my life. Bob Dole
When you're talking about comprehensive health care, you're going to make a lot of people unhappy. Bob Dole
[It is] unrealistic to attempt ... to establish a utopia free from any hazards. Absolute [industrial] safety is an impossibility. Pete Domenici
If you smoke, you're killing yourself and the children around you. Sam Donaldson
In the name of rolling back AIDS we've inundated this country with condoms. Robert Dornan
I am convinced that inside two or three years both the doctors who provide the service and the people who receive the survice will be so completely satisfied with it that no government would dare to take it way. Thomas Clement Douglas
If we can afford large sums of money or other such things as horseracing, and motion picture films, and we do—I'm not arguing against them—then I say we ought to have sufficient sense of values to say that health is more important than these things, and if we can find money for relatively non-essential things, we can find the money to give our people good health. Thomas Clement Douglas
When we're talking about medical care we're talking about our sense of values. Do we think human life is important? Do we think that the best medical care which is available is something to which people are entitled, by virtue of belonging to a civilized community? Thomas Clement Douglas
If addicts can be punished for their addiction then the insane can also be punished for their insanity. Each has a disease and each must be treated as a sick person. William O. Douglas
In matters relating to business, finance, industrial and labor conditions, health and the public welfare, great leeway is now granted the legislature, for there is no guarantee in the Constitution that the status quo will be preserved against regulation by government. William O. Douglas
We do ourselves in and expect society to pick up the tab. David Durenburger
Whether we, as individuals, are motivated by simple humanity or by simple economics, we can no longer permit profits to be dependent upon an unsafe or unhealthy work site. Thomas F. Eagleton
The less we think or know about hygiene, the less we are predisposed to sickness. Mary Baker Eddy
Just because a child's parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education, proper nutrition. Marian Wright Edelman
Millions of Americans who are not poor are health care poor. Marian Wright Edelman
It [cigarette smoking] has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable. I employ no person who smokes Cigarettes. Thomas A. Edison
The United States has the best sick care system in the world, however, the health care system remains fragmented and limited, particularly for African Americans who carry a disproportionate burden of disease, hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Joycelyn Elders
We cannot educate children who are not healthy, and we cannot have healthy children without education. Joycelyn Elders
Health-care policy is choked by an aristocracy of special interests. If we don't take these groups on and rein in costs, health care will continue to bleed our economy white. Alain C. Enthoven
We checked the Constitution, and we don't see where it gives you the right to universal health insurance. Jack Faris
The spread of international AIDS was an attempt by the U.S. government to decimate the population of central Africa. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
Socialized medicine ... forced its way into our political vocabulary. Rashi Fein
The average man with a need for an operation cannot afford a first class hospital …My medical pills run $400 to $500 a month and hell, I feel pretty good … Costs must be tempered.. Barry Goldwater
Nature would terminate the fevers by changing the seasons. John Gorrie
The medical malpractice system is simply broken; … it comes too late, … it costs so much Slade Gorton
It is a lot easier to find gaps in the health care system than to find ways to fill them. Henry Gradison Jr.
There's no way we're going to have low cost health insurance in a world of high cost medicine. Henry Gradison Jr.
We implicitly or explicitly ration health care no matter what we do. Alan Greenspan
The people who make the most noise get the most publicity. Interest groups do count as opposed to data and rationality. Sarah Fox
The role of government is to protect the public health. William Frist
Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance. Indira Gandhi
Some of the [Indian] national [sanitation] habits are beyond description, and yet so ingrained as to defy all human effort [to reform.] Mohandas K. Gandhi
You should never trust the experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marques Salisbury
Health is a much higher priority than computers. Bill Gates
If you will study the history of almost any criminal you will find that he is an inveterate cigarette smoker. Henry Ford
Little White Slaver Henry Ford
I am not prepared to explain to a sick child with cystic fibrosis, facing death and fighting for breath, the ethical grounds that hinder the science which could save him. Roman Herzog
Americans cling tenaciously to the belief that they have the right to entire freedom of opinion and freedom of action so long as they do the work for which they are employed. The man who happens to be working in a factory has just as much right to his personal likes and dislikes as his employer; and the employee might as well resent any effort on the part of the man who happens to be at the time his superior in authority to tell him how he must regulate his personal private affairs. Percival S. Hill
The scientific facts are all in favor of the cigarette; it contains less nicotine than any other form of tobacco products; it is absolutely pure; the combustion of the paper is harmless in its effects on human physiology. Percival S. Hill
Make a habit of two things—to help, or at least to do no harm. Hippocrates
Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. But if they called everything divine which they do not understand, why, there would be no end of divine things. Hippocrates
Throw out opium ... throw out wine ... If the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk at the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Many sections of our country and many groups of our citizens suffer from diseases the eradication of which are mere matters of administration and moderate expenditure. Public health service should be as fully organized and as universally incorporated into our governmental system as is public education. The returns are a thousand fold in economic benefits, and infinitely more in reduction of suffering and promotion of human happiness. Herbert Hoover
There is a pervasive lack of accountability in medicine that extends from the most newly qualified doctor right through the most senior professors. Richard Horton
Economic factors are critically important in the prevention of illness. James C. Hurowitz
Health is worth more than learning Thomas Jefferson
For far too many women the number one health risk is the violence we face in our own home. Patricia Ireland
We can't afford to take minimum wage jobs that don't provide health care .... Universal health care is what we are seeking. Patricia Ireland
… a ready-made instrument for future totalitarian aggression … we have no guarantee that state officials will respect Catholic principles with respect to these matters Irish Catholic Church
Local government cannot resolve the health care crisis in America. Local governments cannot resolve the affordable housing problem in America. Jesse Jackson Jr.
A Patients' Bill of Rights is at the center of our national existence. Jesse Jackson
A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless. James I
Since smoking might injure your health, let’s be careful not to smoke too much. Japan
... health, without which there is no happiness. An attention to health then should take place of every other object. Thomas Jefferson
Health is the first requisite after morality. Thomas Jefferson
Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object. Thomas Jefferson
I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. Thomas Jefferson
The commerce in sexual stimulation and auto-eroticism, for its own sake, unrelated to marriage, procreation, or familial relations is an evil, an obscenity... detrimental to the health and morality of the state William Pryor Jr.
In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not be allowed to suffer and die untended. Lyndon B. Johnson
The alcoholic suffers from a disease. Lyndon B. Johnson
Man needs difficulties. They are necessary for health. Carl Jung
A sound mind in a sound body. Decimus Junius Juvenal
Giving to the individual societal benefits such as free medical care breeds idleness, causing breakdown in the relationship with God. Earnest Manning
Disregard for workers' health protection is not what American industry is supposed to be about. Lynn Martin
The Presidential function is difficult and full of responsibility. It calls from the incumbent a plenitude of his physical vigor. I am aware I am no longer strong enough for the task. Wherefore, I resign. Tomas G. Masaryk
What we're saying is that if you are poor, you can die. Tom Mason
Contagious and infectious diseases have been largely overcome. William J. Mayo
Africa needs birth control far less than it needs death control. Alia Mazri
Health care is a fundamental right of all citizens, not simply a commodity available to the highest bidder. James McDermott
There is simply no human justification for any American to suffer illness or neglect preventive care because of this fear of hospital bills and of the exorbitant prices of medicine. Patrick V. McNamara
There is nothing about the President's health that should be secret—that includes baldness. Maryanne Means
Nobody will ever be turned away at my city hospital. Thomas Menino
I'm a bleeding heart. I see lots of things to bleed about. Karl A. Menninger
We are being medically mugged by these laboratories. Barbara Mikulski
Each person is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental, or spiritual. John Stuart Mill
Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is of right, absolute. John Stuart Mill
National security is not only building war machines to kill. National security is as much a policy of the living who prefer life over death, wellness over sickness, work over idleness, education over illiteracy, and food over hunger. Patsy Takemoto Mink
The United States has the best health system in the world. Unfortunately this is true only for those who can afford it. George J. Mitchell
Is paving asphalt more important than cancer research. James P. Moran
We don’t have a right to die; we have a duty to die. Richard Lamm
A friend of mine just became a Christian Scientist. It was the only health plan he could afford. Richard Lamm
Ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror. D. H. Lawrence
Rich men do not lack physicians, but the poor can rarely afford good ones. We must pay special attention to them. Le Huu Trac; Hai Thuong Lan Ong; Lan Ong
It's hard to mobilize various interest groups ... when its for the benefit of everyone. Joshua Lederberg
The third world is important then, because it is made up its human beings, human beings who possess the same nature we do, people who are capable of suffering and desire and, even as we suffer and desire, people who are condemned to a shabby, deprived and disease ridden existence, and these are people for whom we have a moral and religious obligation to care about. Paul Emile Leger
Anecdotal experience, unfortunately, trumps scientific evidence. Paul Leshner
When the health of a woman is involved I think the government has to be respectful. Joseph I. Lieberman
It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years of life—our objective must also be to add new life to those years. John F. Kennedy
Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. John F. Kennedy
Do not stay in a country that lacks these five things: a strong rule, a just judge, a fixed market, a wise physician, and a flowing river Khosrow I
These actions will not make people as happy as happy hours do, but they will help keep them alive. C. Everett Koop
This is not a prohibitive society. We're not going to tell people they can't smoke. We learned that we can't tell people they can't drink. C. Everett Koop
Until everyone knows someone who has died of AIDS this prejudice and discrimination will continue. C. Everett Koop
Most Americans are like me and drink relatively little, yet we all pay for alcohol-related crashes. C. Everett Koop
I refuse to politicize a health issue. C. Everett Koop
Yes, it’s free enterprise. But I don’t think that most constituents understand that their health care is being weakened so a few people can make a lot of money. Martha Kreutz
The science of genetics will complicate immensely national health insurance. Tony Blair
Progress of preventive medicine as a preservative, made more effective by the progress of reason and social order, will eventually banish communicable or contagious illnesses and those diseases in general that originate in climate, food, and the nature of work…a time will come when death would result only from extraordinary accidents or the more and more gradual wearing out of vitality….Cannot the span constantly increase between the moment he begins to live and the time when naturally, without illness or accident, he finds life a burden? Marquis de Condorcet
We’re going to produce all the vaccines we can in order to protect our people. We don’t have to answer to anyone on this. Fidel Castro
Coffin sales people would like to have a plague every year. Chinese Proverb
If one delays the treatment of a disease, one does not recover quickly. Chinese Proverb
The benefit of drinking alcohol is very minimal and the harm of it is as bad as what a knife can do. Chinese Proverb
Responsible moral behavior is the first and best line of defense against AIDS, and is the only message we should send young people worldwide. Kenneth L. Connor
You can’t do anything about HIV-AIDS unless you are willing to talk about condoms. Howard Dean
Diphtheria is Deadly Immunization Protects England
Very well; whatever you say is necessary must be done. James A. Garfield
If the United States wants to promote freedom within its borders and in the developing world, then it must be serious about promoting freedom from sickness. Only nations whose citizens are healthy can benefit from the ideals of Roosevelt. Eric Greenberg
Smoking, chewing betel nut, and taking drugs for pleasure are not for Christians. These practices are wrong because (1) they make us their slaves, (2) they harm our bodies, and (3) they are unclean … It can be very hard to give up these habits. But we must do so to please Jehovah. Jehovah's Witnesses
To please God, we must avoid blood transfusions, unclean habits, and unnecessary risks … They want to live, but they will not try to save their life by breaking God's laws Jehovah's Witnesses
President Bush’s [George W.] Medicare plan is Robin Hood in reverse: “Take from the neediest and give to the greediest.” Edward M. Kennedy
The pope at Avignon stopped all sessions of court, locked himself in a room, allowed no one to approach him and had a fire burning before him all the time. Jacob von Konigshofen
If smallpox were a threat just to individuals, then it could be left up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to protect themselves. Charles Krauthammer
Many years ago doctors would bleed sick patients with leeches. Today, the insurance companies do that. Dennis Kucinich
Grant me the strength, time and opportunity always to correct what I have acquired, always to extend its domain; for knowledge is immense and the spirit of man can extend indefinitely to enrich itself daily with new requirements. Maimonides
May I never see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain. Maimonides
The Dangerous and Sinful Practice of Inoculation Edward Massey
… a punishment for blasphemers. Maximilan I
Most Americans are well aware that the societies that are most restrictive of women’s rights are also the nations of greatest poverty, disease and environmental degradation … William G. Milliken
… the lack of access to basic family planning services and information undermines a woman’s ability to determine her own destiny. It also increases illness and mortality rates of women and their children, and inhibits the ability of families to climb out of poverty. William G. Milliken
During these times there was a pestilence, by which the whole human race came near to being annihilated …. For it did not come in a part of the world nor upon certain men, nor did it confine itself to any season of the year, so that from such circumstances it might be possible to find subtle explanations of a cause, but it embraced the entire world, and blighted the lives of all men, though differing from one another in the most marked degree, respecting neither sex nor age. Procopius of Caesarea
A notably deformed child shall be killed immediately. Rome
It is wrong when a breast cancer patient cannot access federally funded research data paid for by her hard-earned taxes. Martin Olav Sabo
It’s almost impossible to imagine a society saying, “It’s all right use embryonic stem cells to save your dying dog, but it’s not okay to use them to save your dying child.”… America’s love affair with animals will slowly but inevitably undermine the religious, moral, and ethical arguments against genome-based therapies for people. Healthier cats and dogs will generate an irresistible demand for healthier children and adults. Michael Schrage
In the past, public health officials could argue that they were protecting people from external threats: carriers of contagious diseases, fumes from the local glue factory, contaminated water, food poisoning, dangerous quack remedies. By contrast, the new enemies of public health come from within; the aim is to protect people from themselves rather than each other. Jacob Sullum
Of Lawyers and Physicians I shall say nothing, because this Countrey is very Peaceable and Healthy; long may it so continue and never have occasion for the Tongue of the one, nor the Pen of the other, both equally destructive to Mens Estates and Lives Gabriel Thomas
RESOLVED, That this town join with other parishes of this province in obtaining from Rome an excommunication against the insects, and that it will contribute pro rata to the expenses of the same France Thonon
The commanders likewise shall be careful lest the sick lack anything in the way of food and other necessaries, so far as they can be provided. However, if through despite or negligence on the part of those who provide for the needs of the sick, the sick are neglected, then the brethren who serve in the hospital shall notify the master or the superior, who shall inflict suitable punishment according to the gravity of the offense. He to whom the sick are entrusted shall also take care to secure, if possible, attendants who will bring devotion and humbleness to the task of compassionately and faithfully serving the sick; and if obvious neglect by those who tend the sick comes to his attention, he shall not let it go unpunished Tutonic Knights
When the sick person arrives, before being put to bed, he shall confess his sins, if he is strong enough and if there is a confessor, and he shall also receive the Eucharist if the confessor advises it. In no other way shall anyone who is sick be admitted to the hospital. Tutonic Knights
It was fun, fun, fun. Where else could a red-blooded American lie, kill, cheat, and rape with the sanction of the all-highest? George H. White
Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures. World Health Organization; WHO
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. World Health Organization; WHO
The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent upon the fullest co-operation of individuals and States. World Health Organization; WHO
Action must begin in the developing world itself. These countries do not lack financial resources. What they lack is political courage. We need to ask the leaders of the Third World, and ask them bluntly, why they insist on spending $130 billion each year on the military when even a quarter of this expenditure can finance their entire essential social agenda. And we must ask them why they insist on having six soldiers for every one doctor when their people are dying of ordinary diseases, from internal disintegration, not from external aggression, from many threats to human security, not any threats to territorial security. Mahbub ul-Haq
How many more infants must die every day in Africa because resources are being swallowed up in debt repayment. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
As surgeon general I always seemed to be issuing a "Surgeon General's Warning" about one thing after another that threatened the health of the American people: cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, AIDS, Reye's syndrome, violence, and a host of others. In each case I had to be certain that the science behind the health warning was impeccable and able to withstand the critics who sought to dismiss the warnings. But I also needed to ensure that the science made sense on a personal level. I had to listen to the American people as well as to talk (sternly) to them. C. Everett Koop
The dictates of economics, that "dismal science," limit the benefits of medical science C. Everett Koop
A river of grog is killing people and destroying our communities. Spiritually, socially, psychologically, there is a total breakdown in families where people are drunk most of the time -- the children are not safe. Patricia Anderson
We have more and more toys being made abroad with a large proportion contaminated by lead….The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has exactly one toy inspector … and the Director of the agency says that she doesn’t need any more resources. Diana DeGette
Los Angeles County Jail houses the largest psychiatric population in the country. That’s not justice. That’s emblematic of a national emergency. Marcia Kraft Goin
In one year malaria kills 15 times more people in the world than AIDS has ever done…Malaria also keeps people down . They cannot man their economy. Paul Driessen
An embryo is human and deserves human respect. William Frist
It is a very sad day for America when political ideology overrules good science and public health practices. The Food and Drug Administration has denied allowing the emergency contraception drug Plan B to be sold over-the-counter—ignoring its own panel of expert physicians, scientists and public health professionals who had voted overwhelmingly in favor of making the drug available over-the-counter … This pandering to right wing radicals will lead to more unwanted pregnancy, more abortions, and another step backwards for the women of our country. Peter H. Kostmayer
And the children? Twelve hours of work for children! 0, misery. But not all the Jules Simon of the Academy of Moral and Political Science, not all the Germanys of Jesuitism, could have invented a vice more degrading to the intelligence of the children, more corrupting of their instincts, more destructive of their organism than work in the vitiated atmosphere of the capitalist factory Paul Lafargue
Beyond the manifestations of programmatic confusion, a leadership vacuum, and budgetary quandaries, WHO has lost its way. Lancet
WHO has become so corrupted, mismanaged and irrelevant that many public health leaders around the world are calling for it to be shut down Stephen Douglas Mumford
I didn’t do this [banned DDT] for scientific reasons. I did it for political reasons. William Ruckelshaus
Are the welfare and safety of the whole body politic anything else than the welfare and safety of all its individual members? William H. Seward
The people of Pullman are destitute and starving. Over five thousand human beings are in dire necessity, and appeal to the liberal minded people of Chicago for help. Their unfortunate condition is due to no fault of theirs. They have been noted for their thrift, sobriety, and industry. The fault lies in the hard times and a hard taskmaster. . . . They have struck against a slavery worse than that of the negroes of the South. They, at least, were well fed and well cared for, while the white slaves of Pullman, worked they ever so willingly, could not earn enough to clothe and feed themselves decently--hardly enough to keep body and soul together. Now that they have struck for a living wage, they find themselves penniless, with gaunt famine and despair staring them in the face. . . . Help them as you wished to be helped in the hour of affiliation. Their cause is the cause of humanity. Their struggle is the struggle of honest industry against corporate greed William Thomas Stead
My advice to the Sultan is to build hospitals for sick Muslims, with a staff of physicians and attendants who will cure them and minister to their needs Tahir Ibn Al Hussein
Why should ethical decisions as personal as those involved in reproduction and medical care be decided by democratic vote? Ronald Bailey
It seems as though you white folks bring poison to us Indians. Sickness comes with you, and hundreds of us die. Chiparopai
We eat the white man’s food, and it makes us soft: we wear the white man’s heavy clothing and it makes us weak…Yes – we know when you come, we die Chiparopai
Therapeutic cloning research was approved last January by a large majority of the British Parliament. This means that British researchers will soon be publishing reports of their research techniques in international science journals. Leading American scientists, frustrated by the unwelcoming research environment here, will join them overseas. The Human Cloning Prohibition Act therefore cannot possibly prevent an increase in knowledge about cloning technology. It can only deprive Americans of the medical benefits that therapeutic cloning will bring. Ronald M. Green
In the country parishes where vaccination [for smallpox] is not the custom, with no physician near, where the colored children are poorly fed and clad, and much exposed, they sicken, die, and are buried, without a record of their numbers. It is respectfully suggested that an order declaring vaccination to be a military necessity, would save many lives among these poor people. If physicians and surgeons were required to vaccinate all who apply, at a moderate public charge, and all were required to apply, it might arrest the ravages of this dreadful scourge B. Rush Plumly
The beneficial influence of these schools is not limited to the pupils. The children go from the school-room to their homes as Instructors. One of the immediate and visible results, is upon the colored adult and his household, in the increase of family respect, the promotion of cleanliness and thrift, and generally and in equal degree in those good effects that like influences have produced upon the populations of other races B. Rush Plumly
The fundamental issue is not whether there will be cloned cells but whether individuals will be allowed to change their bodies at the genetic level…. For individuals with genetic conditions they would like to change, genetic medicine is the hope for a better life. Virginia Postrel
Where an Indian is shut up in one place his body becomes weak. Sitting Bull
If blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers show up in your town or village and offer to protect you, run. Or else get weapons. Your lives are worth so much less than theirs. Andrew Thompson
The security and welfare of the people of Egypt have reached a point that the drapers, moneychangers and jewellers do not even lock their shops - they only lower a net across the front, and no one tampers with anything Nasir Khusaro
A good physician goes to be helpful where there is most sickness. So a good philosopher should be where there is most stupidity Diogenes
Current judicial opinion gives no guarantee of protection of pre-born persons, thus permitting the widespread practice of abortion on demand, which has led to the killing of an estimated four thousand developing human beings daily in the United States, and … Social acceptance of abortion has begun to dull society's respect for all human life, leading to growing occurrences of infanticide, child abuse, and active euthanasia Southern Baptist Convention
We call upon Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother Southern Baptist Convention
Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts Justice & Healing Religious Institute on Sexual Morality
The “right to death" can easily become a threat to the life of patients whose treatment is hampered by lack of funds. Russian Orthodox Church
The Church believes that human organs cannot be viewed as objects of purchase and sale. The transplantation of organs from a living donor can be based only on the voluntary self-sacrifice for the sake of another's life. Russian Orthodox Church
The cloning of human beings can corrupt the natural foundations of childbirth, consanguinity, motherhood and fatherhood. A child can become a sister to her mother, a brother to his father or a daughter to his or her grandfather. The psychological consequences of cloning are also extremely dangerous. A human being, who came to being as a result of this procedure, can feel not like an independent person but only "a copy" of someone who lives or lived before. It should be also considered that experiments with human cloning will inevitably produce as "by-products" numerous unfulfilled lives and, most probably, the emergence of a numerous unsustainable posterity. At the same time, the cloning of isolated organic cells and tissues is not an encroachment on the dignity of the personality and in a number of cases has proved helpful in the biological and medical practice. Russian Orthodox Church
Drunkenness was attacked in the same manner; it was discountenanced on every occasion by those who had charge of any department: its destructive and pernicious effects were frequently stated by his own more prudent comrades, at the proper moment when the individual was soberly suffering from the effects of his previous excess; pot- and public-houses were gradually removed from the immediate vicinity of their dwellings; the health and comfort of temperance were made familiar to them; by degrees drunkenness disappeared, and many who were habitual bacchanalians are now conspicuous for undeviating sobriety. Robert Owen
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Irish Proverb
Half of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are due to high medical expenses. Millions of Americans are living one illness away from financial disaster. Anirudh Krishna
It’s also a lot easier to slap a health claim on a box of sugary cereal than on a potato or carrot, with the perverse result that the most healthful foods in the supermarket sit there quietly in the produce section, silent as stroke victims, while a few aisles over, the Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms are screaming about their newfound whole-grain goodness. Michael Pollan
To be sure, debates will linger about whether Medicare is too large or too small. Debates remain about the allocation of Medicare dollars. But December 8, 2003, demonstrated that there is no debate on this most fundamental fact: Medicare must survive! Michael Johns
Cancer Doesn’t Care How Busy You Are. Make an appointment! Anonymous
The church has stood, a rock colossus of bigotry, in the path of ten thousand proposed reforms. Sane efforts to legalize birth control information, the manufacture of proper birth control appliances, appliances for the inhibition of the spread of venereal disease, public instruction in sex hygiene, free clinics for the treatment of venereal disease, the inspection and treatment of prostitutes, controlled prostitution itself, the publication of psychological and physical sex information, aid for unwed mothers—myriad attempts by sane men acting sanely on real problems—have been fought down by church-frightened legislatures and church-dominated courts. Philip Wylie
The practice of physic [Medicine] is jostled by quacks on the one side, and by science on the other. Peter Latham
The bottom line is the protection of life. William Proenza
The Moral and Physical Condition of the Working Classes Employed in the Cotton Manufacture in Manchester James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth
Although these children were well fed, their limbs were very generally deformed, their growth was stunted, and although one of the best schoolmasters was engaged to instruct these children regularly every night, in general they made very slow progress, even in learning the common alphabet. I came to the conclusion that the children were injured by being taken into the mills at this early age, and employed for so many hours; therefore, as soon as I had it in my power, I adopted regulations to put an end to a system which appeared to me to be so injurious. Robert Owen
Given the fragility of contemporary civil and urban life … our problem is to solve the puzzle of how to live together in healthy, diverse communities. Christopher Hamlin
Rather filthy 2 -- Filthy 10 -- Very filthy 45 -- Exceedingly filthy 7 -- Disgustingly filthy 26 Joseph Prichard
It is no business of government to discipline defecation. Anonymous
Disease among the working classes is caused by atmospheric impurities produced by decomposing animal and vegetable substances, by damp and filth, and close and overcrowded dwellings. Edwin Chadwick
Health care is the Pac-Man of the budget. Robert Kerry
What security is there for the churches of Britain if St Cuthbert with so great a throng of saints will not defend his own? Either this is the beginning of greater grief or the sins of those who live there have brought it upon themselves Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
Science has provided us with an alternative called stem cell research …. We’ve lost so much time already and I really can’t bear to wait anymore. Nancy Reagan
It’s good for what ails you! Anonymous
… the army disease Anonymous
Your Committee desires to place on record its firm conviction that any method of treatment for narcotic drug addiction, whether private, institutional, official, or governmental, which permits the addicted person to dose himself with the habit-forming narcotic drugs placed in his hands for self-administration, is an unsatisfactory treatment of addiction, begets deception, extends the abuse of habit-forming narcotic drugs, and causes an increase in crime. American Medical Association
We have found that equivocation by the parents has contributed to eventual drug experimentation American Medical Association
I suffered much while residing on my farm from the ague, a disease said to be unknown to the Indians or traders, till within some four or five years. It first broke out among the Indians near the fort, and spread far into the country, except near the ocean. And with the natives it proved very fatal, sweeping off whole bands, partly probably owing to their plunging into the water when the fever came on, and other improper ways. Still they seemed wonderfully aided by the use of such medicines as they procured from the whites John Ball
Public health authorities exaggerate health risks for the same reason that sharks eat seals—because that’s just what they do. Peter Campos
Addiction, once developed, is a very chronic condition. It is admitted by the authorities, including the narcotics commissioner, that very few "cures" result from incarceration .... The idea of incarcerating even a hundred thousand, let alone a million, unfortunates for a term of five years is rather startling—especially considering that they are sick people, for the most part of average respectability and moral status, not markedly handicapped by their infirmity. John Main Coffee
Marijuana is used largely in the form of cigarettes, which cause delusions and produce insanity and often lead to atrocities that only a drugsoaked mind could conceive. Marijuana is a sinister drug that has only recently become available and popular among the younger element Hamilton Fish
Who is not rich to-day when compared with his ancestors of a century ago? The steamboat and the railroad bring to his breakfast table the coffees of Java and Brazil, the fruits from Florida and California, and the steaks from the plains. The loom arrays him in garments and the factories furnish him with a dwelling that the richest contemporaries of his grandfather would have envied. With health and industry he is a prince Peter S. Grosscup
It seems to me that the untutored narcotics agents of this great Government . . . might have been better employed than in taking sides in a medical controversy involving the broad subject of what will or will not constitute the proper medication in the treatment of addiction. Yet this was done, and I am sorry to say is now being done by our Government, and will continue to be done until the end of time unless some protesting voice is raised against undue interference by lawyers, policemen, and detectives in the practice of medicine, and furtherance of its research and study. Lester David Volk
Uncle Sam is the Worst Drug Fiend in the World Of all the nations of the world the United States consumes most habit-forming drugs per capita. Opium, the most pernicious drug known to humanity, is surrounded, in this country, with far fewer safeguards than any other nation. Hamilton Wright
during the voyage there is on board these ships terrible misery, stench, fumes, horror, vomiting, many kinds of sea-sickness, fever, dysentery, headache, heat, constipation, boils, scurvy, cancer, mouth-rot, and the like, all of which come from old and sharply salted food and meat, also from very bad and foul water, so that many die miserably. Add to this want of provisions, hunger, thirst, frost, heat, dampness, anxiety, want, afflictions and lamentations, together with other trouble, as . . . the lice abound so frightfully, especially on sick people, that they can be scraped off the body. The misery reaches the climax when a gale rages for 2 or 3 nights and days, so that every one believes that the ship will go to the bottom with all human beings on board. In such a visitation the people cry and pray most piteously. Gottlieb Mittelberger
Nearly every American will encounter the need for long-term care. Dirk Kempthorne
The emergence of modern science as a major new frontier of advancement that would lead, on one hand, to the discovery of new secrets of the universe, the invention of means to harness those secrets and the powers they represented, and the means to improve human health and allow humans to survive to both undertake that work and to enjoy its fruits. Daniel J. Elazar
The doctor unfortunately said I was fit. Alec Douglas-Home
Health is not valued till sickness comes Thomas Fuller
Find a doctor who cares about you, because a big part of health care is caring. David Satcher
Public health service should be as fully organized and as universally incorporated into our governmental system as is public education. The returns are a thousand fold in economic benefits, and infinitely more in reduction of suffering and promotion of human happiness. Herbert Hoover
We ration health care now. We just don’t ration very rationally. David Walker
Hygiene is two thirds of health. Lebanese Proverb
A healthy man is a successful man. French Proverb
The whole thing stamps the President (Theodore Roosevelt) as unreliable, a faker, and a humbug. For years he has indulged in lofty sentiments, and violates them all for the sake of satisfying his petty spite.... Thank God, he can't fool all the people all the time, and this country is fast awakening to the real character of this bloody hero of Kettle Hill. James W. Wadsworth
I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. Barack Obama
The biggest pressure towards bankruptcy is health expenses … an unexpected health problem is the biggest driver. Katherine S. Newman
Destructive Death seizes young and old alike. Edward III
Civilization both in the East and the West was visited by a destructive plague which devastated nations and caused populations to vanish. It swallowed up many of the good things of civilization and wiped them out. It overtook the dynasties at the time of their senility, when they had reached the limit of their duration. It lessened their power and curtailed their influence. It weakened their authority. Their situation approached the point of annihilation and dissolution. Civilization decreased with the decrease of mankind. Cities and buildings were laid waste, roads and way signs were obliterated, settlements and mansions became empty, dynasties and tribes grew weak. The entire inhabited world changed Ibn Khaldun
There is no good reason that the average 7-11 uses more information technology than the average doctor’s office. That is wrong….That is why government needs to give this a big push. Lawrence Summers
Money is always to be found when men are to be sent to the frontiers to be destroyed: when the object is to preserve them, it is no longer so Voltaire
We are a society now that is 100 percent dependent on science. Craig Venter
Orphans were often found under the charge of a person actually certified as of unsound mind, the bottles sour, the babies wet, cold and dirty. The Commission on the Care and Control of the Feebleminded draws attention to an episode in connection with one feeble-minded woman who was set to wash a baby; she did so in boiling water, and it died…. We were shocked to discover that infants in the nursery of the establishments in London and other large towns seldom or never get into the open air. We found the nursery frequently on the third or fourth story of a gigantic block often without balconies, whence the only means of access even to the workhouse yard was a flight of stone steps down which it was impossible to wheel a baby-carriage of any kind. There was no staff of nurses adequate to carrying fifty or sixty infants out for an airing. In some of these workhouses it was frankly admitted that these babies never left their own quarters (the stench was intolerable) and never got into the open air during the whole period of their residence in the workhouse nursery. In some workhouses 40% of the babies die within the year. British Commission on the Care and Control of the Feebleminded
The children’s mother has no legal right to a voice in deciding w whether they shall be nursed; how or where educated; what trade or profession they shall adopt; in what form of religion they shall be instructed… If the father wishes the child to be left unvaccinated, the mother cannot legally have it done. Elizabeth Robins; C. E. Raimond
You can’t talk of the dangers of snake poisoning and not mention snakes. C. Everett Koop
The incidence of mental illness has not changed by one iota in the last 100 years. Eric Kandel
Once again the hopes of people of two nations are being smashed by weapons in the name of eliminating weapons. Let us abolish weapons of mass destruction at home. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich
Almost half of the bankruptcies in the United States are connected to an illness in the family, whether people had health insurance or not. Middle-class Americans, who had the misfortune of either experiencing a medical emergency themselves or watching a family member suffer, were then forced to face the daunting task of pulling themselves out of debt. Bankruptcy law has allowed them to start over. It has given hope Dennis Kucinich
We should always presume the disease to be curable, until its own nature prove it otherwise. Peter Latham
The practice of medicine is jostled by quacks on the one side, and by science on the other. Peter Latham
Research shows that children in smaller families tend to do better in terms of nutritional, health and educational status compared to children in larger families. Tim Dyson
When 125,000 people are gathered together on 10 square miles of land they must of necessity give up certain of their liberties. It is a sacrifice they must make for the sake of the advantages of city life. Charles V. Chapin
In taking a view of the state of our country we in the first place notice the late affliction of two of our cities under the fatal fever which in latter times has occasionally visited our shores. Providence in His goodness gave it an early termination on this occasion and lessened the number of victims which have usually fallen before it. In the course of the several visitations by this disease it has appeared that it is strictly local, incident to cities and on the tide waters only, incommunicable in the country either by persons under the disease or by goods carried from diseased places; that its access is with the autumn and it disappears with the early frosts. Thomas Jefferson
There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy. Jesse Helms
How can we continue to condone a system which heals those who can pay but says to hell with those who can't. John Heinz III
NIH has become the Beirut of abortion and fetal tissue research. Bernadette Healy
By redesigning our health care system, we are participating in one of the greatest social experiments in American history. Patrick G. Hays
To get control of the deficit we have to do something about the cost of health care. That is the part of the government budget that is toltally out of control. There is NO WAY to control the budget unless we can bend the growing health care cost down. Nothing should be off the table, but no one has submitted a budget whtch tries to control health care cost. Pete Domenici
There’s nothing wrong with a politician saying ‘I don’t know.’ Especially in a disaster there is nothing wrong with saying ‘I don’t know.’ David J. Prezant
Our America is an America where human needs come before human greed. Tom Harkin
Efforts to approach zero risk through exhaustive pre-release testing are extremely expensive and time-consuming. New drugs are delayed in reaching those who need them, and marginal drugs may not be developed at all. William C. Clark
HIV AIDS is a preventable disease and should never be a source of shame! Michelle Obama
If conservatives get to call universal healthcare 'socialized medicine,' I get to call private, for-profit healthcare 'soulless, vampire bastards making money off human pain.’ Bill Maher
I have an addiction. I have a mental illness. Patrick J. Kennedy
Too many of our senior citizens are being forced to choose between neglecting their illnesses or being impoverished by them. Ted Kennedy
Addiction is a neurological disease—a disease of the brain…. No one wakes up in the morning and says today ‘I want to become an addict.’ Patrick J. Kennedy
AIDS didn’t announce itself when it arrived, and it was only after it started taking its toll that we realized our problem. Festus Mogae
As the only mother on this hearing panel, I think you should go home and get some rest. Jane Harman
The eight men who are survivors of the syphilis study at Tuskegee are a living link to a time not so very long ago that many Americans would prefer not to remember, but we dare not forget. It was a time when our nation failed to live up to its ideals, when our nation broke the trust with our people that is the very foundation of our democracy. It is not only in remembering that shameful past that we can make amends and repair our nation, but it is in remembering that past that we can build a better present and a better future. And without remembering it, we cannot make amends and we cannot go forward…. The United States government did something that was wrong—deeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens. Bill Clinton
To preserve permanent good health, the state of mind must be taken into consideration. Robert Owen
Birth control...is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality, and averse to human health and happiness. Eric J. Keroack
The United States agrees, at its own proper expense, to construct, at some place on the Missouri river, near the center of said reservation where timber and water may be convenient, the following buildings, to wit, a warehouse, a store-room for the use of the agent in storing goods belonging to the Indians, to cost not less than $2,500; an agency building, for the residence of the agent, to cost not exceeding $3,000; a residence for the physician, to cost not more than $3,000; and five other buildings, for a carpenter, farmer, blacksmith, miller, and engineer-each to cost not exceeding $2,000; also, a school-house, or mission building, so soon as a sufficient number of children can be induced by the agent to attend school, which shall not cost exceeding $5,000. The United States agrees further to cause to be erected on said reservation, near the other buildings herein authorized, a good steam circular saw-mill, with a grist-mill and shingle machine attached to the same, to cost not exceeding $8,000. William Tecumseh Sherman
Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of disease, especially communicable disease, is a common danger. WHO; World Health Organization
Rapid Global population growth is an urgent and substantial threat to international stability and sustainable development. This Presidential Decision Directive articulates objectives for and guides the implementation of United States policy on population growth. National Security Council
The overpopulation of the earth The destruction of our natural habitat The rat race of humanity against itself The disappearance of all strong emotions and passions through pampering Genetic deterioration through deficient selection pressure on development and the lack of preservation of the norms of social behavior The breakdown of tradition; and The increasing susceptibility of humans to indoctrination Konrad Lorenz
What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. He continued: She wants to be paid to have sex … She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception.” Rush Limbaugh
In recent years, hours of work have been reduced, holidays have been increased, the age of entry into employment has gone up, and above all, our general health and expectation of life as a people have markedly improved. It is a natural corollary of these changes that we should work longer and retire later. Hugh Gaitskell
Avian flu, which has already killed 50 people, is only a mutation away from being transmissible from person to person. We have no immunity, no vaccines, and no cure. It is imperative that we strengthen our domestic vaccine supply, expand legal protections, encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors, and advance research and development. These initiatives will help protect us from a deadly viral outbreak that experts warn could come to our shores any day. William Frist
It is plain that God does not employ drugs or hygiene, nor provide them for human use; else Jesus would have recommended and employed them in his healing. Mary Baker Eddy
Lobbyists can pay consultants to do studies that say anything. John Walke
Mr. Speaker, it is matter of common knowledge that an epidemic of alarming proportions is prevailing throughout the country. Out of an abundant precaution the Senate has ordered the galleries closed, which action, I understand, meets with the approval of the medical authorities, and so I ask unanimous consent that the Speaker be instructed to close the galleries of this House until further action shall be taken by the House. Henry Thomas Rainey
When it comes to health care, the United States is on another planet. The United States spends about 35 percent more per capita than the next two highest-spending countries—Norway and Switzerland…no matter how we measure it—whether by life expectancy or for survival of specific diseases like asthma, heart disease, or some cancers; by the rate of medical errors; or simply by satisfaction with health services, the United States is actually doing worse than a number of countries like France or Germany… America spends far more than other countries, and doesn’t see better results. Ezekiel Emanuel
The health of a nation is not just about its consumption expenditures …. one of the things that makes America such a great nation, and why so many people aspire to this American ideal of middle-class security, is that it's about more than that. It's about more than how much you can purchase with the dollar. It's about this feeling of security and about being able to give your kids a better life than you had. And that is really the foundation—one of the major founding principles of our country Tamara Draut
Anyone who has had even a mild illness knows that the cost of drugs is alarmingly high, and year by year becomes more of a burden, especially to the lower-income families. Modern drugs, like other advances in medicine and surgery, have meant that many more people are alive and well today than would have been a decade ago. Certainly, we must be prepared to pay whatever is necessary for the production and advancement of these life-saving drugs and techniques. I was shocked, however, by the revelations … that price-fixing and monopolistic practices have raised the cost of drugs far above what is reasonable or necessary. Eleanor Roosevelt
Avian flu, which has already killed 50 people, is only a mutation away from being transmissible from person to person. We have no immunity, no vaccines, and no cure. It is imperative that we strengthen our domestic vaccine supply, expand legal protections, encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors, and advance research and development. These initiatives will help protect us from a deadly viral outbreak that experts warn could come to our shores any day. William Frist
It is impossible to build Europe on only deregulation... Europe is much more than the creation of an internal market abolishing barriers to the free movement of goods services and investment...The internal market should be designed to benefit each and every citizen of the Community. It is therefore necessary to improve workers' living and working conditions, and to provide better protection for their health and safety at work... Jacques Delors
No one is so old that he cannot live yet another year, nor so young that he cannot die today. Fernando de Rojas
Never again are we going to have a little old lady, sick as a dog, turned away from a hospital because she has no money. Lyndon B. Johnson
In medicine it is … necessary that causes both health and disease should be determined. Avicenna
All the other problems of poverty emanate from problems of health. Judith Rodin
Health has its science as well as disease Elizabeth Blackwell
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not Mark Twain
The three most important things our Black people need for his health are education, education and education. George Fraser
Health is more than the absence of disease…It is also education….We have a health illiterate society. Joycelyn Elders
Drinking mothers lost more than half their babies, sober mothers less than one-fourth Scientific Temperance Federation
Physical fitness is a farce without self-control, judgment, and discretion, which are the three qualities of mind first to be dulled by and made incompetent by the use of alcohol Haven Emerson
The Effects of Ardent Spirits Upon Man Benjamin Rush
DRINK MAKES ONE MORE LIABLE TO ACCIDENT WHAT THE ACCIDENT INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS: A man whose nerves have been made unsteady by a recent debauch or by the habitual use of alcohol, should not be permitted to operate dangerous machinery or to carry on dangerous work. He endangers not only his own life, but the lives of others Scientific Temperance Federation
Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to harm...by teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness David Vitter
Medical statistics will be our standard of measurement: we will weigh life for life and see where the dead lie thicker, among the workers or among the privileged Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow
… if medicine is really to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. It must point out the hindrances that impede the normal social functioning of vital processes, and effect their removal Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow
The costs of not doing these things dwarf the costs of doing them. The problem is that people don’t think about ‘Oh you saved my life’ and they don’t say thank you for that—and they don’t want to spend any money for the possibility of saving their life unless they are actually facing something. What government should be about is leading from the front and explaining … that people don’t want to spend any money, but … it costs more money to not do it... New York City’s average life expectancy is three years longer than any place else in America. Michael Bloomberg
Prohibiting something doesn't make it go away. Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it's run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it's legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better. Jesse Ventura
They spare the rod, and spoyle the child. Ralph Venning
Captain Elliot seems to have wholly disregarded the instructions which had been sent to him, and even when, by the entire success of the operations of the Fleet, he was in a condition to dictate his own terms, he seems to have agreed to very inadequate conditions. The amount of compensation for the opium surrendered falls short of the value of that opium, and nothing has been obtained for the expenses of the expedition, nor for the debts of the bankrupt Hong merchants. The securities which the plenipotentiaries were expressly ordered to obtain for British residents in China have been abandoned; and the Island of Chusan which they were specifically informed was to be retained till the whole of the pecuniary compensation should have been paid, has been hastily and discreditably evacuated. Henry John Temple
There are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serious diseases. Marcus Terentius Varro
Health is the first and most important gift of Providence; without it we are poor, miserable creatures, though the whole earth were our property. Leopold II
Give special attention to the mothers' health, to see that women who are suffering from tuberculosis, heart or kidney disease, toxic goitre, gonorrhea, or any disease where the condition of pregnancy disturbs their health are placed under public health nurses to instruct them in practical, scientific methods of contraception in order to safeguard their lives---thus reducing maternal mortality Margaret Sanger
A third of the city's population of over two million people live under unsatisfactory conditions, many under distressing conditions, some under disgraceful conditions. For thousands home is a mockery. It consists of two or three small rooms of which but one is adequately lighted and often even not that one and none of which is adequately ventilated; rooms that in the hot summer day become an inferno of torture to little children, the sick, and the weak. For the persons living in these homes there is little privacy; there are no reticences; they must share the process of living with other families; they must use a common water closet [toilet]; they must get all the water they use from a common faucet in the public hall; the fire peril menaces them at all times … New York City
…would…before he could in any way benefit his friends or the state, come to an untimely end without doing any good to himself or others. Plato
In the pandemonium of the crisis in New Orleans, somehow getting people on busses took priority over keeping them alive. Anne Hawke
Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet; in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying. . . . Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition and die. Ivan Illich
The art of healing comes from nature not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
It costs money to stay healthy, but it’s even more expensive to get sick. Ashleigh Brilliant
Social scientists have established only one fact about single women's mental health: employment improves it. Susan Faludi
We had the highest standard of health and education and housing for our black people than any other country on the African continent. That was what Rhodesians did. I wonder if we shouldn't be given credit for doing that. Ian Smith
We are not going back to where being a woman was a preexisting medical condition. Nancy Pelosi
This increase in the world's population represents humanity's victory against death. Julian Lincoln Simon
The recent medical controversy over whether vaccinations cause autism reveals a habit of human cognition—thinking anecdotally comes naturally, whereas thinking scientifically does not. Michael Shermer
I believe we're living at a time in human history where it's just simply unacceptable that children wake up and don't know where to find a cup of food. Not only that, transforming hunger is an opportunity, but I think we have to change our mindsets … I would like you to join with all of humanity to draw a line in the sand and say, "No more. No more are we going to accept this." And we want to tell our grandchildren that there was a terrible time in history where up to a third of the children had brains and bodies that were stunted, but that exists no more. Josette Sheeran
The states, just like the Federal government, just can’t let the poor die. Sonia Sotomayor
Obviously I would hope that women would be discouraged from having abortions if they know that there's an increased risk, but clearly if we care about women we should want them to know about this elevated risk. What's the damage of women being told some people think there's a link between abortion and breast cancer? What does that hurt? ... All I've said is that studies show that there is a statistical link between abortion and breast cancer, an increased risk, and women before they have an abortion should be told. William T. Sali
Four hundred thousand South Africans are dying of AIDS every year. This makes the war on Iraq look like a birthday party. Jeremy Cronin
Like other government research, big bucks academic research is done to understand the nature and structure of the universe or to understand life, which really means that it is either for blowing up the world or extending life, whichever comes first. Robert X. Cringely
In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods, than in giving health to men. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Doctors can do almost anything nowadays, can't they, unless they kill you while they're trying to cure you. Agatha Christie
The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do it without destroying the health of the mind. Gilbert K. Chesterton
[Public Health] means the saving and lengthening of lives of thousands of citizens, the extension of the vigorous working period well into old age, and the prevention of inefficiency, misery, and suffering. These advances can be made by organized social effort. Public health is purchasable. Hermann M. Biggs
The reduction of the death rate is the principal statistical expression and index of human social progress. Hermann M. Biggs
You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough. Wendell Berry
Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose. Claude Bernard
The mortal enemies of man are not his fellows of another continent or race; they are the aspects of the physical world which limit or challenge his control, the disease germs that attack him and his domesticated plants and animals, and the insects that carry many of these germs as well as working notable direct injury. Warder Clyde Allee
There are so few drugs for these killer diseases, but for erectile dysfunction, we have had 14 drugs since 1996… It says something about where the priorities of the pharmaceutical companies seem to lie. Harriet Washington
The consequence of corporate involvement in American medicine has been disastrous. Harriet Washington
What we need are more good doctors and fewer bad health plans. Andy Rooney
For us to throw away opportunities to cure diseases … is a mistake. Two-thirds of the American people support stem cell research. John McCain
The state must concern itself with all institutions for those with damaged minds. Karl August von Hardenberg
In 1896 one out of every 11 steel workers would die on the job. Patrick Reams
Thanks to Penicillin, he will come home. Anonymous
Wherever a class or profession possesses more than its numerical share of power, it has usually less than its proportion of physical vigor. This is easily shown from the vast body of evidence collected during our Civil War. In the volume containing the medical statistics of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau, we have the tabulated reports of about 600,000 persons subject to draft, and of about 500,000 recruits, substitutes, and drafted men; showing the precise physical condition of more than a million men. It appears that, out of the whole number examined, rather more than 257 in each 1000 were found unfit for military service. It is curious to see how generally the physical power among these men is in inverse ratio to the social and political prominence of the class they represent. Out of 1000 unskilled laborers, for instance, only 348 are physically disqualified; among tanners, only 216; among iron-workers, 189. On the other hand, among lawyers, 544 out of 1000 are disqualified; among journalists, 740; among clergymen, 954. Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Until the last third of the nineteenth century, when it was criminalized state by state across the land, abortion was legal before "quickening" (approximately the fourth month of pregnancy). Colonial home medical guides gave recipes for "bringing on the menses" with herbs that could be grown in one's garden or easily found in the woods. By the mid eighteenth century commercial preparations were so widely available that they had inspired their own euphemism ("taking the trade"). Unfortunately, these drugs were often fatal. The first statutes regulating abortion, passed in the 1820s and 1830s, were actually poison-control laws. Katha Pollitt
We have restored order and established domestic tranquility. We have fed the starving, clothed the naked, and ministered to the sick. We have improved the sanitary condition of the island. We have stimulated industry, introduced public education, taken a full and comprehensive enumeration of the inhabitants William McKinley
An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen: … the master or owner of every ship or vessel of the United States, arriving from a foreign port into any port of the United States, shall, before such ship or vessel shall be admitted to an entry, render to the collector a true account of the number of seamen that shall have been employed on board such vessel since she was last entered at any port in the United States, and shall pay, to the said collector, at the rate of twenty cents per month for every seaman so employed ; which sum he is hereby authorized to retain out of the wages of such seamen…. United States Congress
The person who is ill not merely suffers pain but is rendered unfit to meet his ordinary social responsibilities; he is incapacitated for service to those about him, some of whom may be directly dependent upon him. Moreover, his removal from the sphere of social relations does not merely leave a blank where he was; it involves a wrench upon the sympathies and affections of others. John Dewey
It’s time to rethink the whole system of HMOs and managed care. This entire unnecessary level of corporatism rakes off profits and worsens the quality of care. Ronald E. Paul
One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me... Louis Pasteur
Children raised in families at the high end of the socioeconomic scale are more likely to be exposed to a stimulating environment and set upon an advantageous path in life with respect to health, cognitive development and social skills. If the brain does not receive the requisite environmental stimulation at certain critical periods, the window of opportunity closes and development fails to occur. Miles Corak
There’s no such exception. With modern science and technology, you can’t find one instance… Absolutely. Joe Walsh
Patents can be overridden to protect the public health. Indonesia
Ronald Reagan at the beginning of his political career went all around the country campaigning against Medicare. Jimmy Carter
I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions. Paul Ryan
No American should ever have to spend his golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. Barack Obama
We must help parents protect their children from the gravest health threat that they face -- an epidemic of teen smoking, spread by multimillion dollar marketing campaigns. I challenge Congress -- let's pass bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that will improve public health, protect our tobacco farmers and change the way tobacco companies do business forever. Let's do what it takes to bring teen smoking down. Let's raise the price of cigarettes by up to $1.50 a pack over the next 10 years with penalties on the tobacco industry if it keeps marketing to our children. Bill Clinton
The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.. Jimmy Carter
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. Mark Twain
The crime of suicide lies rather in its disregard for the feelings of those whom we leave behind. E. M. Forster
The US, whose health care system is monopolized by corporations, has the worst infant mortality rate compared to 23 other wealthy countries whose health care system is still partly in public hands. US health care corporations are powerful lobbyists and generous financial benefactors to politicians on Capitol Hill. The US has 5% of the world's population and it spends 45% of the world's health dollars. Despite this, Americans' life expectancies are the lowest of 23 other wealthy nations' and lower than some Third World countries like Costa Rica. Eve Hillary
Only a social movement involving millions, most of us living far from these difficult settings, could allow us to change the course of history….troves of attention are required to reconfigure existing arrangements if we are to slow the steady movement of resources from poor to rich—transfers that have always been associated… with violence and epidemic disease… whether or not we can say “never again” with any conviction—will depend on our collective courage to examine and understand the roots of modern violence and the violation of a broad array of rights, including social and economic rights. Paul Farmer
I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live. We can, and indeed must, have both. Bill Clinton
The new puritans have been highly successful. All of the preconditions for new prohibitions on alcohol and tobacco are in place. ... Indeed, the future agenda of the federal government has already been established to outlaw alcohol and tobacco in the near future. ... If current trends persist, America will be moving toward stricter prohibitions, greater restrictions, and more centralized control over consumption. This represents an erosion of liberty at its most fundamental level. Mark Thornton
… a system of national health insurance so that a worker can afford decent health care for himself and his family. George McGovern
Governor Ultrasound Anonymous
Behavior change is critical. While we’re working upstream, developing solutions, we’ve got to be thinking of delivery: How should we develop and deliver those solutions so that they will be adopted. Melinda Gates
To some extent … everybody is resistant to change. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that was opposed to the smoking ban … All of Western Europe followed New York City. Many of the states around here did. Every major city, including in the tobacco-growing states in the United States, did. Brazil is smoke-free. Mexico City is smoke-free. All of France, Italy, Spain, England—they’re all smoke-free. Michael Bloomberg
In times of war, disease has always reaped a far greater harvest of deaths and permanent bodily breakdown in the army than have the bullets and bayonets of battle. Vernon Lyman Kellogg
The plague swallowed up many of the good things of civilization and wiped them out. The entire world changed. Ibn Khaldun
There's nothing like having a bit of somebody else in you. Kevin Rudd
The Scourge of the South Anonymous
Less smoking and more reading. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
The right path to health-care reform is the market path (no subsidies, no monopolies such as drug patents, no licensure, no anything) that tends toward universal distribution at very low prices and relentless improvement in service. Lew Rockville; Llewellyn H. Jr.
There can never be a free market in health care …. The buyer can never have the leverage and power as the seller. Steve Brill
You think the military-industrial complex is powerful in Washington? The Health Care complex spends 4 times as much on lobbying. Steve Brill
A decision delayed is health protection denied. Richard Deniston
I think the problem with the country is that we operate on a sickness model, not a wellness model... Basically, we treat people who become ill. What we don't do is do a very good job in keeping them healthy in the first place... Howard Dean
It's never been proven that air toxics are hazardous to people. Tom DeLay
I had, in my legal practice, often encountered really shocking examples of the devastating impact of the costs of long-term medical care on meager incomes. And, just before I was elected, I had my own personal experience in paying very considerable bills for my mother's terminal illness. Judy LaMarsh
We do not think it necessary to prove that a quack medicine is poison. Let the vendor prove it to be sanitive. Thomas Babington Macaulay
We feel that we can do a great deal of good. We want to eliminate malaria in this generation. Melinda Gates
We encounter the dilemma of freedom versus authority in all sorts of places but probably nowhere more frequently than in the area of Big Brother's ongoing efforts to protect us from ourselves – efforts that many people view as an invasion of their privacy or as infringement upon their God-given right to be stupid (though they don't usually put it that way). Rich Turner
Whenever I treat a rape victim, I always advise her not to go to the police. Because if she does, the police might just rape her again. Shershah Syed
Canadians often define themselves as having a better public health system than the Americans, this is not mere cultural preference. Besides being a resistance to American ideology, the advocacy for public health is a response to the North American Free Trade Agreement, to globalization. Jeremy Agar
The worst of all worlds is to have some individual deciding who lives and who dies. Kathleen Sebelius
Physicians would have to inform pregnant women of the risks of childbirth and motherhood. They would have to note that childbirth, compared to abortion is 14 times more likely to result in maternal death and is more often associated with depression and other forms of mental illness, They would have to emphasize that working women in the United States can expect their wages to drop 9 to 16 percent for each child, and that having a child makes it significantly more likely that an unmarried woman will ever marry. R. Alta Charo
Those still in school and colleges have no business having access to condoms. I am not in favor of condoms. Lucy Kibaki
There are at least 1 billion people who struggle for basic caloric protein sufficiency; probably another 2 billion people … who have serious micronutrient deficiency… We don’t have a healthy food supply for the world, nor is it assured for the future. Jeffrey Sachs
I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There is no shame in being tested for AIDS. It’s an important thing. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
You can’t have a campaign against AIDS that emphasizes global abstinence. Kevin Phillips
Most people think of the invention of the atomic bomb as the most destructive and the cigarette has been the most destructive human invention ever. Tragedy that strikes a multitude at once seems to cause more focus for humans than single tragedies no matter how many millions of times they are repeated. Lewis D. Eigen
Most people are healthy most of the time. Judith M. Feder
A woman’s ability to decide whether and when to have a child is not a social issue—it is a human right. It is the biggest indicator of whether she is educated or not, can work outside the home or not, is healthy or not, and how long she lives. Gloria Steinem
We are making health care a human right which, after all, is the purpose of Obamacare. Donald Berwick
We are in the midst of the largest improvement in health care in our nation’s history. Donald Berwick
I can attest to the very real potential for unnecessary pain, suffering, and death when the work of public-health officials is curtailed. David Satcher
… it seems to me that there is little knowledge of the ordinary rules of sanitation in many of the rural districts of the South in which we have been. The same holds true of some of the poorer districts in the cities. We all know that you can become immune to almost any type of infection, but some people die in the process unnecessarily. Eleanor Roosevelt
What is the matter with us Indians that we are sick in our own air and these strangers [colonial whites] are well. Tenoughan
… the many armed conflicts which continue to afflict the world today present us daily with dramatic images of misery, hunger, illness and death. Without peace, there can be no form of economic development.  Violence never begets peace, the necessary condition for development. Pope Francis I
Health Insurance: A system by which the temporarily healthy pay the health costs of the currently ill. Anonymous
You had to be tough to survive being in the hospital during the Civil War. Mark Hall-Patton
I quote the following statement which I saw the other day: "We have lost in all the wars waged in this country since the Declaration of Independence, 244,000 men, killed in battle, and in the past twenty-five years we have lost 375,000 mothers in child birth." Prenatal care in the early months is vitally important and we should do all we can to educate young mothers to go to a doctor if they can afford it, if not to a free clinic to be taught how care for themselves. This is necessary not only for mothers but the babies. With proper care before birth, a child will come into world stronger and healthier. Eleanor Roosevelt
I found on my desk today was a report of the New Mexico malaria control project, which is under direction of the State Board of Public Health, and carried out in cooperation with the WPA and the United States Public Health Service…. The project, it seems to me, is not only meeting with great success from the point of view of controlling the disease, but is doing a great deal to give employment as a by-product in reclaiming land, improving highways, conserving water, not to speak of the educational value it gives to the people employed on it. Eleanor Roosevelt
There is only one state in the nation that has no fire code: Texas. There is only one state in the union whose laws prohibit their counties to have a fire code: Texas. Richard Trumka
People have less health care and less retirement benefits than they had 10 years ago. Richard Trumka
I say to people who are opposed to the Affordable Care Act, What is the alternative?” I don’t hear any answers. Richard Trumka
The Russian Bolsheviks sold out most of the hopes of us early communists. The standard of living increased, and education and medicine improved finally after the 1917 Revolution, but the Russians today have as little freedom as we had under the Czar. That is the tragedy of Russia. Natasha Love Bronfman
When it comes to health care, … the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical profession are well mobilized and understand the complexity of the system far better than the public at large, making them powerful obstacles to change. Desmond King
[Worldwide] … tobacco use … kills more people annually than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Thomas J. Bollyky
Washington has dedicated past global health initiatives to delivering food, drugs, and other health technologies to the world’s poor. In doing so, it has been able to achieve progress even in countries with dysfunctional governments. But it cannot enforce the regulations on smoke-free public places, food and drug safety, urban sanitation, and road traffic that are now needed in such settings. Accordingly, the fundamental challenge in this new area of global health is not necessarily new medicine but better governance. Thomas J. Bollyky
Americans seem to spend more effort in researching the television sets that they buy than in studying their health care alternatives. Charlie Rose
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering an image of death. Buddha
Of what lasting benefit has been man's use of science and of the new instruments which his research brought into existence? First, they have increased his control of his material environment. They have improved his food, his clothing, his shelter; they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence. They have given him increased knowledge of his own biological processes so that he has had a progressive freedom from disease and an increased span of life. They are illuminating the interactions of his physiological and psychological functions, giving the promise of an improved mental health. Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual. Vannevar Bush
The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome. Vannevar Bush
Most other rich countries not only spend less than the United States on health care; they also achieve better outcomes in both coverage and quality. Kimberly J. Morgan
I chew coca leaves every morning, and look at me! Hugo Chavez
Everything a woman does while she’s pregnant becomes subject to state regulation. Ada Calhoun
The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate, But in this world a spell of health is the best state ., What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war; Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates Suleiman the Magnificent
I want to help put women at the center of global health and development work, and better contraceptives are one of their top priorities. Listening to women shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea in 2012, but it is. Melinda Gates
Convinced that we are but natural-born, promiscuous carriers of germs, unique in the world, they complain that our continent is doomed to an inevitable mortal end because of our unconquerable devotion to the sin of lust. Thabo Mbeki
It takes 4 generations to heal one act of violence Wilma Mankiller
We could conquer cancer if we really wanted to. Arlen Specter
There is just no sensible, logical reason why we would not make use of stem cell research. Arlen Specter
Health is the single most difficult public policy that a Governor has to deal with. Angus King
This statement of fact is an eloquent comment on the apathy with which many people regard the mental and physical health of the rising generation…A woman will lavish love and care, and attention on her pet cat or ‘prize’ poodle, and yet draw her skirts aside from the starving children in the gutter. The mew of the cat and the howl of the dog, to say nothing of the squeal of the ‘tortured rabbit’- that figment of anti-vivisectionist imagination- are far more potent to loosen the purse-strings of the sentimentalists than the wail of children. Victoria Woodhull
A great number of the [Negro slave] women are victims to falling of the womb and weakness in the spine; but these are necessary results of their laborious existence, and do not belong either to climate or constitution. Fanny Kemble
Logic cannot support the premise that health care is a right. Health care is a service that is administered by another human being with the requisite skills and knowledge. To claim that healthcare as a "right" is to claim a right to the services of the health-care provider. In effect, this means you are claiming a "right" to a portion of that person's life – both a portion of the time already spent developing his skills, and a portion of the time spent practicing those skills on you. Neal Boortz
I wish that every Chinese citizen can live a life of satisfaction, every peasant child can go to school and every person reaching a working age can have a job. I wish people wouldn't have to worry about medical care if they are sick, particularly those in rural areas. I believe that this is the dream of every Chinese person. Wen Jiabao
How is it possible that the poorer classes can remain healthy and have a reasonable expectation of life under such conditions? What can one expect but that they should suffer from continual outbreaks of epidemics and an excessively low expectation of life? The physical condition of the workers shows a progressive deterioration. Friedrich Engels
It is a lie that I made the people starve. A lie, a lie in my face. This shows how little patriotism there is, how many treasonable offenses were committed.… At no point was there such an upswing, so much construction, so much consolidation in the Romanian provinces. I guaranteed that every village has its schools, hospitals and doctors. I have done everything to create a decent and rich life for the people in the country, like in no other country in the world. Nicolae Ceausescu
[We] came to believe in the possibility of building a different country. One which is more just, a country where education and health are guaranteed, a country where workers have dignified working conditions, where young people are not exploited nor ill-treated in their work-place, where women are integrated with rights and equal opportunities, a country where the environment is protected, where natural resources are exploited to improve the living condition of its people, a country were culture develops freely, where there is access to literature, a country where children don't suffer discrimination because they don't have any money, a country where a walk down your street doesn't mean constant fear of being assaulted, a country where the most disadvantaged youth don't have to resort to drugs or delinquency to give sense to their lives, a country where grandparents are not made to feel as burdens, a country where the development of knowledge becomes a task of society as a whole, where advances in science are placed at the service of the people. Karol Cariola
Disease does not recognize congressional districts or party affiliation. Steve Kagen
We have federal standards for everything in America except the one thing you need most — your health. Steve Kagen
No one wants to go back to the time when insurance companies decided who would get health care. Patty Murray
Unfortunately, infectious diseases don’t pay much attention to budget cycles. Mark Dybul
Historically, tobacco control was not a partisan issue in American politics. Neither major party favored it. Republicans were sympathetic to corporate interests and Democrats were dominant in states where tobacco was grown and manufactured. However, beginning in the late 1960s Republicans began replacing Democrats in the South … and that liberated the Democrats to be the party of tobacco opposition. Martha Derthick
Tobacco is the only consumer product on the market, which if used exactly as intended, causes death. David Kessler
We recognize that we create a product that is harmful and causes serious disease. Phillip Morris Company
85 percent of our counties do not offer abortions. Gloria Steinem
She May Look Clean --But pick-ups, good-time girls and prostitutes Spread Syphilis and Gonorrhea You can't beat the Axis if you get VD U. S. War Department
In the developed world, income inequality within the country is the most important determinant of health standards and life expectancy. Donald Sassoon
During my time at DEA, I saw how marijuana prohibition has done absolutely nothing to make Americans safer or healthier. It has only served to destroy millions of innocent lives, erode civil liberties, perpetuate a growing prison-industrial complex, and enrich and strengthen the most violent criminal organizations. Sean Dunagan
Psychiatry: An Instrument of Death Church of Scientology
It’s clear that cracking the genetic code would be of significantly less benefit if we allow our moral code to become cracked as well. Al Gore
No family in America should have to go on national television to save their child’s life. Al Gore
The new triad of medicine: a doctor, a patient and an accountant. Al Gore
My success in transplanting arteries between animals has pioneered surgical techniques that being closer the day when hearts and other organs will be transplanted into humans. No effort should be spared to reach this goal. Simon Flexner
The natives [Eskimos] were sick in almost every tent … and were in a very deplorable condition. …. The pity of it was that nothing was being done for their relief…. If nothing is done soon, the Eskimos will continue to become stupefied and utterly helpless and lie down to die. John Green Brady
People have said, You've turned your back on pediatrics. I said, No. It took me until I was in my 60s to realize that politics was a part of pediatrics. Benjamin Spock
Do you really want to pay for surgeon’s salaries by not having low-income people not be able to afford health insurance? Katherine Baiker
Every one of my generation who preached free love is responsible for AIDS. Camille Paglia
The only way to get health care abundance is to use technology. Peter Diamandis
I’ve been hosting the Today Show for 22 years. When I started, marijuana was illegal, and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted. Jay Leno
One out of three American women will need or chose an abortion at some time in their lives. We have to make sure these are safe. Gloria Steinem
Coal fired power plants emit particulates which cause respitory problems. Frances Beinecke
Education in regard to motherhood includes instruction in regard to sex relations, chastity and marriage. The State has no competence to give instruction in such matters. We regard with the greatest apprehension the proposal to give to local medical officers the right to tell Catholic girls and women how they should behave in regard to this sphere of conduct at once so delicate and sacred …. Doctors trained in instruction in which we have no confidence may be appointed as medical officers … and may give gynacological care not in accordance with Catholic principles James Staunton
The jails and prisons are the new insane asylums. That’s what we are. Thomas J. Dart
Basic labeling and consumer information hasn’t been a chief priority, but hopefully now its starting to change. Tom Angell
The John Anonymous
If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn't get AIDS probably, that's bottom line...those are the facts. Rob Ford
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, and many other health problems. Regina M. Benjamin
I gave my tooth for science. Louise Reiss
I am unable to understand religious convictions or religious ideologies that stand in the way of saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Elizabeth Pisani
For ten years from the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was wracked by poverty and social decay: the country suffered a demographic collapse on a scale never before witnessed in an industrial country outside of wartime as deaths outstripped births and the country’s population shrank by some 800,000 people each year. Keith A. Gessen
Everyone is getting out of the city [Philadelphia] who can. Thomas Jefferson
More die in the United States of too much food than too little. John Kenneth Galbraith
The Europeans liked to believe it was their valor, superior weapons and culture that won the New World. The real conquistadors were the armies of pathogens that raced on ahead to infect and kill 9 out of 10 of all the Indians of North, Central, and South America. The civilizations of the New World crumbled under the onslaught of invading microbes. Without this invisible army, Cortez and those who followed might never have stood a chance. Neil deGrasse Tyson
If I cannot attend to my duties, I am simply going to give up this job. Dwight D. Eisenhower
When we speak of reducing health care costs, remember that for many powerful interests, that translates into “taking away my business.” Fareed Zakaria
History has told us that no one can stop a pandemic. The question is: when is it going to happen? I don't think anybody has the answer to it. We have to be on the lookout for any time, any day. Margaret Chan
There is a cost to every decision, and whether or not you impose a public health order has costs to industry and the public. Margaret Chan
There is a cost for investing in pandemic preparedness, but a much bigger cost for not investing in it. Margaret Chan
Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people. Saul Alinsky
The sexual impulse is to me neither a low degrading thing nor something extremely sacrosanct and holy. I regard it as a fundamentally normal, clean, lifeful instinct. Gregory Goodwin Pincus
The spread of the disease is under control. What I worry about is the spread of fear of the disease is not under control. Richard E. Besser
Are those making these charges better equipped to deal with the Ebola threat than those they castigate? These easy charges, nurtured in hindsight, by people by people who have never had to make decisions or have responsibilities in the matter, play into the national penchant for finger-pointing and feed panic. John Aach
Partisan politics and the reorganization of government agencies since my tenure as a Federal health official have made it very difficult to confirm strong leaders in critical positions and to coordinate efforts across agencies. Phillip Randolph Lee
Government can’t work if lawmakers don’t give Government agencies the funds they need to do their work. Phillip Randolph Lee
Go with the science!. Anthony Fauci
We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Libertarian Party
The Lebanese don’t know what they’re eating, and it would only be worse if they knew…. The Lebanese are eating food dipped in sweat and covered with diseases and microbes…. But the people should have this information. Wael Abu Faour
Lebanese Consumers Learn They Are Eating Shit. Al-Akhbar
They call it managed care but it really is only managed costs. Harold S. Koplewicz
The Gross National Product - if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities… Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. Robert Kennedy
The state doesn’t own your children. The parents do. Rand Paul
From deformed parents, deformed offspring come to be. Aristotle
It is far more humane to prevent suffering than to alleviate it after it has occurred. Francis Galton
VD: Worst of the Three. United States Army
We don't have a health care system. We have a health care maze. Mike Huckabee
Wish not so much to live long as to live well. Benjamin Franklin
Double Spectacles Benjamin Franklin
I could foresee some terrific political and legal battles if women find out they have Zika in the later terms of their pregnancy. Larry Gostin
distempers of laziness slothful in everything but getting children cadaverous complexion with a lazy, creeping habit Many of them seem to grunt rather than speak. William Byrd II
People don’t take it [the Zika Virus] seriously…. They haven’t seen any babies with microcephaly, YET! Anthony Fauci
lazy diseases Anonymous
How do we crate a quality health care system that is universal? Bernie Sanders
The government spends $30 Billion a year on basic health research and the results have been fantastic for the country and the world. Bill Gates
When it comes to our perceptions, one is an event, two is a pattern, three is a trend, and four is fact. Peter Atwater
I can tell you that the formula works, and works pretty well. You avoid criminals and violence, you refuse their mode of money that nourishes the cartels, and that is a great solution to the violence problem. In relation to the health problem, I have not ever heard of anybody dying from an overdose of marijuana. Vicente Fox
He is a champion around the world. He’s done more for the world than any individual person in relation to poverty, in relation to nutrition, in relation to health. It’s incredible that they’re being attacked, but I know the [Clinton] Foundation, I know how great it is Vicente Fox
Government Enviornmental poisitions are tradeoffs. In that process, Democrats tend to worry more about the harm done to the enviornment and the health of the people; Republicans tend to worry more about harm to business and the economy. David Brooks
The majority of the people in jail are suffering from mental illness. Tim Murphy
Half the counties in America have no psychiatrists, psychologists or psychiatric social workers--none. Tim Murphy
The Republicans do not believe that health care is a right. They believe that health care is a privilege, no a right. We Democrats believe taht health care is a right. Joe Biden
The currently ill are paid for by the termporarily well. That is the way any health insurance scheme works. Be it public or private, there can be no other way. Lewis D. Eigen
Once the felon had been hanged, women would sometimes rush forward to press their faces or breasts against the still-twitching hands. This bizarre practice was thought to cure blemishes. The sweat of a dead criminal was also thought to be beneficial and mothers would hold up sickly infants at public executions. Lengths of hangman’s rope and shavings from the gallows were also thought to have a curative effect. Nigel Cawthorne
Nobody will be worse off financially. Tom Price
If we Republicans celebrate that we have repealed Obamacare, and health insurance premiums keep going up, the voters will tar and feather us, and rightly so. Ted Cruz
The only way to get universal health coverage is to put people in jail who refuse to buy health insurance, and we're not going to do that. Mick Mulvaney
When insurance covers everything, no one cares what the their health costs are. Consumers must have some skin in the game. Elizabeth Rosenthal
Early consolidation of hospitals was for efficiency to reduce costs. However in local market's consolidations have become monopolies and have increased costs. Elizabeth Rosenthal
The federal government has lost its way and largely ignored the needs of people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar illness. Elinore McCance-Katz
If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. Jimmy Kimmel
The Republican Health Care Plan has three problems. It isn’t healthy, it is not caring and there is no plan. Mark Shields
This disease [brain cancer] has never had a more worthy opponent. Lindsey Graham
I used to be. Mike Webster
Growing up, I heard many people call my dad the “a” word — an addict. In reality, he was a brilliant man and the father of two girls. He played guitar, could fix anything that ran on electricity, and had a debilitating medical condition called a substance use disorder — a heroin addiction. He died much too young at the age of 48. When addiction hits your family, it’s like being hit head-on by a Mack Truck. It’s sleepless nights filled with worry, it’s desperate Googling, it’s dead-end streets, it’s isolation. And for those that have lost someone — a son, a daughter, a mom, a dad — it’s unimaginable pain. But unlike the support that erupts when other medical issues hit our neighbors — say cancer or Alzheimer’s — where are the offers for help, the casserole dishes, the warm cookies, “thinking of you” cards and potluck fundraisers? Much of the terminology used to describe addiction is disparaging — suggesting that addiction is a result of moral/personal failings, or that individuals choose to be addicted, or suffer a lack of willpower. As we know, addiction is a medical issue, and can be compounded by patient behavior just like many other illnesses, from type-two diabetes to heart disease and lung cancer. Jessica Hulsey Nickel
We’ve shown that by growing these T cells in an oxygen-poor environment, we can turn them into more effective killers . . . Oxygen starvation could toughen up immune T cells for cancer immunotherapy. Just as altitude training increases endurance in humans, so putting killer T cells through a ‘fitness regimen’ apparently toughens them up. Guy Shakhar
We now have the ability to explore many new treatments for many diseases. However we do not have enough many to explore them all…. I measure time by the number of patients who die each day as the result of diseases that we do not have enough money to develop cures for. We have the tools. We need the money. Andrew Lo
All drug prices are too high in this country. I don't know there is any price of a branded drug product that has gone down. No one company's going to fix this system. Alex Azar
The world is rich enought today that the idea of millions of children dying of disease is unacceptable. We have the resouurces and know how to prevent this. Bill Gates
It's not well appreciated, but over half of the world's population suffers from some form of cognitive, emotional, sensory or motor condition, and because of poor technology, too often, conditions result in disability and a poorer quality of life. Basic levels of physiological function should be a part of our human rights. Every person should have the right to live life without disability if they so choose -- the right to live life without severe depression; the right to see a loved one, in the case of seeing-impaired; or the right to walk or to dance, in the case of limb paralysis or limb amputation. As a society, we can achieve these human rights, if we accept the proposition that humans are not disabled. A person can never be broken. Our built environment, our technologies, are broken and disabled. We the people need not accept our limitations, but can transcend disability through technological innovation. Indeed, through fundamental advances in bionics in this century, we will set the technological foundation for an enhanced human experience, and we will end disability. Hugh Herr
Bionics explores the interplay between biology and design. As you can see, my legs are bionic. Today, I will tell human stories of bionic integration; how electromechanics attached to the body, and implanted inside the body are beginning to bridge the gap between disability and ability, between human limitation and human potential. Hugh Herr
Your care and your treatment shouldn't be dictated by your ZIP code. Michael Adcock
May you sell everything and retire to Florida just as global warming makes it uninhabitable. May you live to a hundred and twenty without Social Security or Medicare. May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition. Yiddish Proverbs & Curses
I oppose increased black-lung benefits for miners, because ‘they chose to be miners. Jimmy Carter

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