The article I am reflecting on discusses doctors that dress up as clowns to entertain patients. These clown doctors are known to be from the CCU or clown care unit located in pediatrics of a New York hospital. It is discussed in this article how many other cultures practice this same healing by laughter and entertainment. Other cultures describe these people as shamans who come dressed up to sing and entertain while they heal patients spiritually. The article focuses on a day in the life of one of these clowns. It describes how these clowns deliver the smiles and laughter needed to distract patients from the reality of their circumstances. The clowns not only try to entertain patients but also families who have been there for hours on end. It is a well thought distraction to lift spirits and spread laughter amongst the unit.
The healers are actual medical doctors dressed up as clowns to entertain the patients. They will use many props such as bubbles and rubber noses. Many humorous techniques are used to uplift the patient’s spirits and focus their minds on something better for a while. The clowns or doctors use one technique of slapstick comedy to interact with the patients. They try to get involved with the patient by allowing them to watch the clown mess up multiple times on a simple task. Being doctors, these clowns are most likely from the upper class. It is important that these doctors take the time to see things from the perspective of the patient and show sympathy for their wellbeing/happiness instead of just their physical health. I believe this technique also helps the patient to be more relaxed and less stressed.
These clowns are interacting in the hospitals of the United States. Healthcare is different amongst every patient depending on his or her particular insurance. Not every citizen may have insurance and may be expected to pay their hospital bill in full. The body and symptoms are treated in more of a holistic way. The patients are put in a better mood to distract them into feeling better even if they are not physically cured. It is important for the patients to have an escape from the stressful environment of the hospital and the doctors deliver this escape for them by delivering humorous entertainment. Laughter is often thought of as the best cure.