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Title: Prescribing humour in healthcare : part 1
Authors: Agius, Joseph
Keywords: Wit and humor in medicine
Laughter -- Physiological aspects
Laughter -- Therapeutic use
Wit and humor -- Therapeutic use
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Medical Portals Ltd.
Citation: Agius, J. (2011). Prescribing humour in healthcare : part I. The Synapse, (1), 17
Abstract: The most creative aspect of language is humour I and it is one of the most important topics in the study of communication. The healing power of humour and laughter has been recorded and used throughout history. Humour is universal and there are claims of very beneficial effects from the use of positive feelings and emotions associated with laughter. Bertrand Russell notes that -Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine". During last October and November, the author had the opportunity and pleasure to deliver an eight week course on 'Prescribing Humor in Health Care: And I ain't kiddin!' to health professionals. The course was very well organized and coordinated by the Mana Institute of Medical Education (MIME). Eighteen participants took part in course and professionals included doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists among others.
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