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March 6, 2010
March 14, 2010 10:27 AM
so special, I just cried through the whole film.
March 12, 2010 4:49 PM
March 12, 2010 2:19 PM
Bring in the Clowns.
I look at the faces of those beautiful sick children. Doesn't your heart break for them? They are frightened and not fully understanding why they are hurting and sick. The nurses hurt them, the techs run hurtful tests, the surgeons cut into those small bodies. The little ones don't know who to trust for comfort and they don't know when it will all be over. ---------------------------- While nothing helps a childs fears and hurts more than the loving arms of it's mother, I would love to see the interaction between the clowns and children throughout a whole day. The Doctors in the videos said there have been remarkable results from the interchange between the clowns and the sick children. Did you notice in the video how easily the IV needle was removed, and how the one clown got the child into the examining area? ----------------------------- I also have read about Patch Adams, and saw parts of a movie about his work. I believe he a physician who acted the part of a clown for the sake of the patients. Are there any physicians taking the clown course in Israel so they can improve their interaction with the children?
March 12, 2010 2:10 PM
To be a medical clown is not a simple task. Imagine that the clown knows that he might be cheering up someone who is terminally ill. This is a very difficult task. To be a medical clown is a mitzvah - bikur holim. The humankind should be grateful for everyone who cares about the well-being of others and does not shrink from a responsibility.
If you think that your medical clowns are not enough amusing, perhaps you should get hospitalized only in Israel...
March 12, 2010 1:50 AM
Very well done. We have medical clowns in the U.S. too. Unfortunately many of them are not amusing.
March 9, 2010 5:34 AM
Yes, the humour is the best medicine, it is a pitty there is such a disease as a cancer...and it is also it is also a pitty there are so many people without any sense of a humour.
March 9, 2010 2:42 AM
I have just one concern: what about coulrophobia (fear of clowns)? While the majority do not display such a phobia, it is very common, especially among young children.
Mark Douglas "Obey" Obenour,
March 8, 2010 12:50 PM
Some one must have watched the movie "Patch Adams".
This takes "Patch Adams" work at the Gesundheit Institute one step further...It actually makes Medical Clowns into a "paratherapist". Proving the Biblical Line...Laughter is the BEST MEDICINE! My question is why restrict it to pediatric wards? Everyone could use a good laught! (Except when you have belly pain...Then you could literally laugh so hard it hurts!) What a joy to watch!
March 7, 2010 11:47 PM
A Tale of ICUs
Needless to say, Dr. Siegel knows what he's talking about. I have chronic health problems that have put me into the hospital from time-to-time. I laugh...a lot...and loudly. At one hospital's ICU where I was recovering from my first heart attack, I committed that hospital's rules: I was sick AND laughing. They shut my door rather quickly with someone saying "Don't you know there are sick people on this floor?" I was tempted, VERY tempted, to say, "No, can you hum me a verse or two?" A few months later, the angioplasty failed (pre-stent)and I requested that I go to a different hospital. There, they shut every door BUT mine. They thought that laughter was great. It's a shame more hospitals don't feel similarly.
When I have to go to the hospital, I pack a clown kit to amuse the staff and myself. I've yet to see "No Laughing" at the door of any hospital. Some folks get it, many more don't. I'm generally released from the hospital two to three days earlier than most other folks with similar maladies. I give credit to, of course, Hashem, but also for the gift of laughter I've been given.
I love what Israel is doing. I remember the movie about Patch Adams...laughter IS the best medicine!
March 7, 2010 9:48 PM
wow! tx for publicizing this powerful report. as a social worker (and Aish alum!) I have worked w pedicatric illness for a long time. this video highlights an amazing approach. Here in NY there is a child psychologist, Dr. Neal Goldberg, who trains teens to do 'clown work' on a volunteer basis. sometimes, 'clowning around' can help provide an incredible source of strength resilience. Aish, Hadassah clowns everywhere: keep up the great work!!
March 7, 2010 9:11 PM
Good Choice For Background Music
I thought Gary Jules' song "Mad World" was a great choice for background music to this video.
March 7, 2010 8:27 PM
Hi, I have a friend whose name is Dr. Patch Adams and he's been doing this for a long long time. His dream is the Gesundheit Institute, and perhaps you've heard of him. I think medical clowning is fabulous and I was surprised Patch wasn't mentioned in this video.
Bring on the clowns! We all know that humor is the best medicine.
March 7, 2010 6:59 PM
March 7, 2010 5:12 PM
dr. bernie siegel,
March 7, 2010 4:54 PM
studies reveal cancer patients who laugh live longer
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