- The magic & power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.
- Strategy for loving yourself, the planet & others
- Medicine for fun
- Laughter is Contagious
- Patch Adams is best known for his work as a medical doctor & a clown
Patch Adams: What kind of doctor are you?” I generally like to say, “I’m a caring, fun doctor.” This response catches people off guard because they are really asking, “What is your medical specialty?” Then I explain that my first hope for a patient is to be a friend, to learn and care about the patient.
I also encourage the patient to be active in creating a healthy life.
I try to be open to many perspectives and never give up.”
“Health is based on happiness-from hugging and clowning around to finding joy in family and friends, satisfaction in work, and ecstasy in nature and the arts. “
“I have reached the conclusion that humor is vital in healing the problems of individuals, communities and societies. I have tried to make my own life silly, not as that word is currently used, but in terms of its original meaning. “Silly” originally meant good, happy, blessed, fortunate, kind and cheerful in many different languages. No other attribute has been more important. Wearing a rubber nose wherever I go has changed my life. Dullness and boredom melt away. Humor has made my life joyous and fun. It can do the same for you. Wearing underwear on the outside of your clothes can turn a tedious trip to the store for a forgotten carton of milk into an amusement park romp. People so unabashedly thank you for entertaining them.”
“I believe that health care professionals who feel burnt out are not allowing the enrapture potential in the doctor-patient relationship. Patients unabashedly offer their trust, love, respect, and much more to a physician who projects a caring, joyous demeanor. So why is this joy so hard to come by?”
“The more we spread the word about our work, the more we help others rethink the system, the more powerful that revolution will be.”
“Whether I am speaking to hospital CEOs or university students, my audience is often left in a state of amazement — amazement caused not by our ideals or the breadth of our work, but by the passion and persistence we display in pursing our goals and in living our lives”