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Israel sets up course in clowning to help patients recover

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:922
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israel's hospitals haven't had much to smile about recently. But soon there will be pranks, jokes, and laughs as 40 graduates of the country's first ever “medical clowning” course reach the wards.

    Inspired by the film Patch Adams, which told the true story of a doctor from Virginia who thought that humour was a better healer than any drug, the course aims to speed patients' recovery by making them laugh.

    It opened last week at Assaf Harofe Hospital in Tzrifin, near Tel Aviv. The 80 hour, six month course is presently training doctors, nurses, …

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