“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
“The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”
“Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.”
“Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis.”
“We don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.”
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding”
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
“The patient’s autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary – the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.”
My philosophy on medical practise
I believe that self-care is at the heart of health-care. When the human body is treated with care, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. The art of medicine is knowing when to be a spectator and when to be an active participant in the healing process.
I believe that my role as a health care professional is to support you in achieving your personal health-care goals. Achieving these goals is best done through education, careful discussion and respect of your values.
I believe that it is just as important to address both the immediate symptoms and to find the underlying cause. Finding the underlying cause is the key to preventing the reoccurrence of symptoms.
I believe in the individual’s right to a compassionate and supportive partnership with their physician. I will endeavour to understand your daily habits and support your long-term health.
I believe that medicine is an evolving ocean of knowledge. To provide patients quality health-care, the physician must commit to constant study, curiosity and the humility to navigate it.
David M. Harrison, MD, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Medical School. He trained in family medicine at the University of British Columbia Victoria site.
Dr. Harrison’s practise specializes in family medicine without obstetrics. Dr. Harrison’s interests include preventative medicine, sports medicine, mental health, and the role of education and technology in medicine.
In addition to his medical training, Dr. Harrison holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, Master Degree of Science in Exercise and Sport Physiology and Master Degree of Science in Molecular Biology. Dr. Harrison was also an educator at the University of Victoria for over a decade before entering the field of medicine.