After reading this article I was both shocked and thrilled to see something like this happening in hospitals, especially New York! It is great that modern western medicine is incorporating non-traditional styles of healing to help their pediatric patients and family.
This article was all about “clown doctors” helping to heal young patients in hospitals around New York. These clown doctors are professional clowns who go around and perform tricks for scared children patients receiving treatments or comfort distressed parents in a time of need. These clowns hold a very high status of recognition in the hospitals, often receiving a 5 star rating from parents.
They boost the atmosphere in an exam room by doing magic tricks, pretending to be afraid of the children, and using common medical instruments as bubble blowers or noisemakers. These clowns are very hands on with patients, allowing them to play with toys or squirt their siblings with water guns. In waiting rooms, they entertain families with shows to pass the time and distract children before appointments. I also found it commendable that they visit every unit and even play jokes and pranks on doctors.
Although this is not the traditional way of healing illness and diseases, these clown doctors bring something else to the table. By following the folk sector the clown doctors follow a more holistic approach to healing. The clowns call treatment of the person as a whole, “social milieu”. While the regular doctors provide the biomedical treatment they can focus on the mental state of the patients, which should help them heal faster. One thing I love that the article stated was that children are not against other remedies. All they know is that they are scared and these magical doctors can take away that feeling, they are open to the idea of “magic” versus some adults who may view holistic medicine as “magic” but not magic that would work.