There is not a whole lot of fun in medicine,
but there is a lot of medicine in fun."
- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Heart surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center in New York City
Director of the Complementary Medicine Program, Columbia University
co-author of You:The Owner's Manual
Humor is reassuring:
After open heart surgery a patient might say, "Doctor my chest really hurts."
And I'll say with a wink, "Oh, does it feel like someone opened you up, cut the bone and operated in there?" That tells them the pain is normal and they're going to be fine.
Reader's Digest, September, 2005
- A mother after losing her hair during chemo for breast cancer
drew a pair of eyes on the back of her head.
She delighted the family when she exclaimed and showed them - "I really do have eyes on the back of my head."
- A family created "a laughing drawer". Everytime the drawer was opened the family laughed out loud.
- A young boy in the hospital constantly had people looking at his stomach. He gained some control and laughs when he placed a rubber snake on his lap.