Patch Adams

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The medical professionals are a lot more comfortable calling it "depression" than calling it "loneliness."

Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams (born 28 May 1945) is a medical doctor, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972.

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Patch Adams (film)


  • I'll give you an example — in Russia most of the hospitals don't have any pain medicine, they don't have any money. So if you're with kids with cancer, they can have metastases to the bone; which some say is the worst pain a human can experience. So a mother can be in a room with a child who hasn't stopped screaming in five months. ...85% of the time I walk in there as a clown they'll stop screaming.
    • As quoted in "Entrevista com o médico americano P. Adams" in Roda Viva - Entrevista (13 November 2007)
  • Any can do it — BE RADIANT! Make the decision. I want to be an agent of change to a loving world — so I will be radiant.
    • As quoted in "Patch Adams and clowns spreading laughter at hospital" (2 March 2016)

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