The Wellness Show -- (Global Ideas Bank) Excerpts from interviews and other sources.
Nasal Diplomacy: A Funny Route to Peace -- "When I picture a Geneva talk I realize I must accept a Reagan and a Gorbachev as part of the team; but what if each of them brought their favorite silly person. I believe it would ease tension and open all up to vulnerability and commonality. Lighten up, world! Consider a career in nasal diplomacy."
Windhorse Associates -- Recovering From Psychosis at Home
"For all of its wonder drugs and dazzling technology, the medical profession seems to have strayed from the art of healing. Enter Patch Adams, doctor, clown and firm believer in the healing powers of humor, joy and simple listening. Decked out with a rubber nose and a silly hat, Patch practices free, fun-filled medicine at the Gesundheit Institute, where laughter is the rule and payments are the exception. His book very clearly points out the problems inherent in our current medical system: the slavery to money and technology, the myth of doctors as gods, and the removal of the human element. He then paints a picture of the ideal medical practice where doctor and patient relate as friends, where health and wellness are an integral part of community life, and where love and joy run through it all. I must confess that I have absolutely fallen in love with Patch just from reading his book. His idealism, love of life, sense of fun and commitment to helping build healthy, supportive, joyous communities rise out of the pages like a deep belly laugh. A truly delightful read!"
From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by FGP, February 1, 1997
A courageous and dynamic healer and role model, Patch Adams guides us through difficult times while sharing insights into how we can encourage each other to feel healthier and happier. He also offers moral support and help for dealing with grief, depression, and loss.
"The greatest shortcoming of modern medicine is the loss of the house call. It is the biggest blow to the art of medicine in this centur y. Not only have patients lost their doctors' precious attention, but physicians have not found a replacement for this close relationship in hospital settings." "Having a meaningful connection to one's patients is crucial for the prevention of burnout."
Adams recommends that we all spend more quality time visiting our loved ones who are ill or depressed. Spending more time with loved ones -- and even visiting people whom we don't know -- does a lot to help them feel better emotionally and physically. In addition to encouraging such visits, Patch offers practical advice for making these visits enjoyable and fulfilling for both the patient and visitor. He provides tips for promoting our own healing and advises that we extend our compassion out to our communities as well.
Illness and the Art of Creative Self-Expression: Stories and Exercises from the Arts for Those With Chronic Illness -- John Graham-Pole, Forward by Patch Adams
"As patients and practitioners challenge the very nature of Western medicine, unconventional doctors like the well-known Patch Adams become American heroes. Dr. John Graham-Pole, who has a conventional medical degree and specializes in chronic and terminal illness, is such a doctor. He has sought to humanize the care of patients by introducing the arts - music, dance, painting, theater, writing, puppetry, clowning, and magic - into the hospital setting. In this volume, inspiring stories illustrate how patients engaging in the arts respond better to physical setbacks, are more adept at expressing their emotions, and find more spiritual peace in the midst of their illness. "
Patch Adams, the Movie, Starring Robin Williams
Reviews of Patch Adams the movie:
Episode from The Doctor Is IN television series. 28 min.
"Art has been used over the centuries to help people accept a medical condition they cannot change, or find some spiritual lift during difficult times. But increasingly, they're also being used in a scientifically ordered manner to improve health in specific ways. Studies have shown that arts can reduce pain, improve the health of pre-term babies, decrease the severity of headaches and improve the speech of people who have had strokes. This show profiles some examples, including a dance that evolved out of dealing with AIDS, murals in a children's cancer clinic, Dr. Patch Adams, a physician who is also a professional clown, music therapy for autistic children and a woman with manic depressive illness who uses painting as therapy."
The Real Patch Adams -- documentary video
"This program intricately details medical doctor Patch Adams' life and unconventional medical philosophy. Commentary by Adams' supporters, social activists, and others who talk about their experiences and philosophy is equally telling. An excellent program to circulate with the popular movie, this might also find a spot in medical and nursing schools." -- Booklist
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Dr. Gesundheit graduated from the UNIV NACL AUTO DE MEXICO, FAC DE MED, MEXICO DF, MEXICO in 1966. He works in Saint Paul, MN and specializes in Internal Medicine. Dr. Gesundheit is affiliated with Regions Hospital. He speaks English and Spanish.
Years in Practice: 52 Years
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Medical School: graduated from the UNIV NACL AUTO DE MEXICO, FAC DE MED, MEXICO DF, MEXICO
Graduation Date: in 1966.