The country where laughter really is the best medicine (audio)

Could clowns one day replace painkillers and epidurals in hospital procedures? Israel’s medical clowning community thinks so.

Israel’s medical clowning program is one of the best in the world.

With more than 100 medical clowns already working in children’s wards to IVF clinics and delivery rooms, Israel’s goal is to create a global model for clowning therapy.

It’s well on its way. Research coming out of the country suggests that medical clowning – where clowns visit patients undergoing procedures in hospital to help them relax — could one day transform medicine.

To find out more, ISRAEL21c reporter, Viva Sarah Press talks to Tsour Shriqui, the project manager and CEO of Dream Doctors, and medical clown Shoshi Ofir from Poriya Hospital near Tiberias.

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  • Dwana Rist

    Science concluded a
    long time ago (circa 1974) that laughter is contagious. Now we know that
    women are the best at spreading the joy around.this is the basic fact of all
    that laughter is the best medicine over all the stuff.

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