Silly medical quotes often poke fun at the formality of the medical profession, high medical bills, fears about medical treatment, and the insurance industry. For example, Rodney Dangerfield joked, "When I was born, I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother," playing on the stereotypical overly-formal behavior of physicians.
Many silly medical quotes joke about the high cost of health care. For example, Groucho Marx writes, "A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running." Joey Adams quips, "A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing."
Another common theme is peoples' fear of medical treatment and difficultly in trusting doctors. "Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died," Erma Bombeck states, and Rita Rudner jokes, "I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso."
The insurance industry is a veritable gold mine of silly medical quotes. For example, the Wall Street Journal reports that "According to hospital insurance codes, there are three different ways you can be injured by a lamppost," and "there are 9 different ways you can be injured by turtles."
Simple play-on-words humor also makes for amusing medical quotes, as seen in the following quotes: "Why do they call it proctology? Is it because analogy was already taken?" and "Minor surgery is an operation performed on somebody else."