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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Jean-Paul Bell

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction, Medical profession, Doctor/patient relationship, Family & health

Uplifting, extraordinary stories from Australia's children's hospitals and wards - of the children themselves, of the parents and families who support them, of the extraordinary staff who help them, and of the Clown Doctors who make them all smile.

Clown Doctors work in hospitals around Australia, and overseas, to give children, especially, the opportunity to play, laugh and sing at a time when everything else in their lives is painful. Actors by training, the Clown Doctors sense the mood around the sick bed, and in pairs they fall into routines that will relieve some tension and entertain, or they will simply be there to listen.

The Clown Doctors touch the lives of over 85 000 people every year, and are now a familiar - and welcome - part of most major Australian children s hospitals. Here we follow a day in the life of a group of Clown Doctors, and go with them on their rounds, meeting patients, their parents and the hospital staff. Laugh and cry at these true stories of daily life in Australia's children's hospitals.

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