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Laughing matter: 'Patch Adams' brings humor therapy - AFP


Lima (AFP) - Bubbling with optimism and energy, the US physician who was the inspiration for the Robin Williams film "Patch Adams" will do anything to elicit a soothing laugh.


Even something as bawdy as flatulence is not out of bounds for Hunter Adams. He addressed that earthy issue this week during a visit to Peruvian children with cancer and brought the house down.

Adams works on the premise that humor and clowning around is good for sick people.

During a recent visit to a hospital for cancer patients, the 69-year-old doctor told stories of sick people who learned to be happy through compassion and laughter. He wants to spread the message around the world.

"My job is to love and be affectionate, to help those who are suffering. Spirituality cures," he told....more

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