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Denis Burkitt
(28 Feb 1911 - 23 Mar 1993)

Irish surgeon and medical researcher who first identified Burkitt's lymphoma, and later championed the benefits of a high-fibre diet.


Science Quotes by Denis Burkitt (7 quotes)

America is a constipated nation.... If you pass small stools, you have to have large hospitals.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  America (41)  |  Hospital (21)

Attitudes are more important than abilities
Motives are more important than methods
Character is more important than cleverness,
And the Heart takes precedence over the head.
— Denis Burkitt
when asked to autograph his book
Science quotes on:  |  Attitude (16)  |  Character (39)

Diseases can rarely be eliminated through early diagnosis or good treatment, but prevention can eliminate disease.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  Diagnosis (48)  |  Disease (170)  |  Prevention (26)

If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  Disease (170)  |  Prevention (26)

The frying pan you should give to your enemy. Food should not be prepared in fat. Our bodies are adapted to a stone age diet of roots and vegetables.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  Adaptation (23)  |  Body (88)  |  Diet (24)  |  Enemy (26)  |  Fat (8)  |  Food (77)  |  Frying (2)  |  Root (19)  |  Stone Age (3)  |  Vegetable (12)

The only way we are going to reduce disease, is to go backward to the diets and lifestyles of our ancestors.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  Diet (24)  |  Disease (170)

Western doctors are like poor plumbers. They treat a splashing tube by cleaning up the water. These plumbers are extremely apt at drying up the water, constantly inventing new, expensive, and refined methods of drying up water. Somebody should teach them how to close the tap.
— Denis Burkitt
Science quotes on:  |  Doctor (54)  |  Prevention (26)


See also:
  • todayinsci icon 28 Feb - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Burkitt's birth.
  • book icon Fiber Man: The Life Story of Dr Denis Burkitt, by Brian Kellock. - book suggestion.

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