Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures"?

The term "drastic times call for drastic measures" means that extreme circumstances are only resolved by equally extreme actions.
Drastic Times Call for Drastic Measures (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • It was the worst report ever written about a consortium. Every single principal has been replaced. Drastic times call for drastic measures.
  • The states on our border have never been so aggressive. Drastic times call for drastic measures, and the government is considering reinstating national service.
  • The rainfall next week will break all records. Drastic times call for drastic measures, so all residents must vacate their homes before Friday.
This saying originates from "Aphorisms" by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who lived circa 460-370 BC and was known as "The Father of Medicine":
  • For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.
  • (Drastic diseases must have drastic remedies.)

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