"People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures."
"I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."Martha Beck on Groucho Marx
"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."Martha Beck on Groucho Marx
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."Martha Beck on Erma Bombeck
"They certainly give very strange names to diseases."Martha Beck on Plato
"Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it."Martha Beck on Erma Bombeck
"We virtually never feel our age, but thinking that we should can lead to disaster."
"Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind."
"No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone."
"Allowing children to show their guilt, show their grief, show their anger, takes the sting out of the situation."
"Anger elicits anger, fear elicits fear, no matter how well meaning we may be."