Quotes from The Story of Philosophy IIId: Frances Bacon: Medicine is “a musical instrument of much and exquisite workmanship easily put out of tune.”

Medicine is “a musical instrument of much and exquisite workmanship easily put out of tune.”

Above all, let them [doctors] construct an easily accessible and intelligible record of experiments and results. Bacon believes that the medical profession should be permitted to ease and quicken death (euthanasy) where the end would be otherwise only delayed for a few days and at the cost of great pain; but he urges the physicians to give more study to the art of prolonging life. “This is a new part” of medicine, “and deficient, though the most noble of all! for if it may be supplied, medicine will not then be wholly versed in sordid cures, nor physicians be honored only for necessity, but as dispensers of the greatest earthly happiness that could well be conferred on mortals.”

Bacon

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