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Humor Can Facilitate Health

Humor Can Facilitate Health Abstract To the Editor.— I was at once amused and chagrined to read the commentary by Elgee in the August 1990 issue of the ARCHIVES, entitled "Norman Cousin's Sick Laughter Redux."1 It appears to me that Elgee uses the very tool of black humor that he so decries in all of comedy. What Elgee provides us is a vehicle for attacking medical care that is not in the mainstream of "traditional American medicine."I believe that there is healing to be found in our response to humor, and so does Norman Cousins. He readdresses the potential medical benefits of laughter in his most recent book, Head First: The Biology of Hope.2 We have been provided bright humor about medicine and physicians by authors through the ages, including Chaucer, Lewis Thomas,3 and Richard Selzer.4 Perhaps the most moving and enlightening example of the power of humor to facilitate References 1. Elgee NJ. Norman Cousin's sick laughter redux . Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1588.Crossref 2. Cousins N. Head First: The Biology of Hope . New York, NY: EP Dutton; 1989. 3. Thomas L. The Medusa and the Snail . New York, NY: The Viking Press; 1979. 4. Selzer R. Rituals of Surgery . New York, NY: William Morrow; 1987. 5. Beisser A. Flying Without Wings . New York, NY: Bantam Books; 1988:143, 161. 6. Siegel BS. Peace, Love and Healing . New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers Inc; 1989. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Humor Can Facilitate Health

Archives of Internal Medicine , Volume 151 (6) – Jun 1, 1991

Humor Can Facilitate Health

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— I was at once amused and chagrined to read the commentary by Elgee in the August 1990 issue of the ARCHIVES, entitled "Norman Cousin's Sick Laughter Redux."1 It appears to me that Elgee uses the very tool of black humor that he so decries in all of comedy. What Elgee provides us is a vehicle for attacking medical care that is not in the mainstream of "traditional American medicine."I believe that there is healing to be found in our...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1991 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1991.00400060143034
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— I was at once amused and chagrined to read the commentary by Elgee in the August 1990 issue of the ARCHIVES, entitled "Norman Cousin's Sick Laughter Redux."1 It appears to me that Elgee uses the very tool of black humor that he so decries in all of comedy. What Elgee provides us is a vehicle for attacking medical care that is not in the mainstream of "traditional American medicine."I believe that there is healing to be found in our response to humor, and so does Norman Cousins. He readdresses the potential medical benefits of laughter in his most recent book, Head First: The Biology of Hope.2 We have been provided bright humor about medicine and physicians by authors through the ages, including Chaucer, Lewis Thomas,3 and Richard Selzer.4 Perhaps the most moving and enlightening example of the power of humor to facilitate References 1. Elgee NJ. Norman Cousin's sick laughter redux . Arch Intern Med. 1990;150:1588.Crossref 2. Cousins N. Head First: The Biology of Hope . New York, NY: EP Dutton; 1989. 3. Thomas L. The Medusa and the Snail . New York, NY: The Viking Press; 1979. 4. Selzer R. Rituals of Surgery . New York, NY: William Morrow; 1987. 5. Beisser A. Flying Without Wings . New York, NY: Bantam Books; 1988:143, 161. 6. Siegel BS. Peace, Love and Healing . New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers Inc; 1989.

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1991

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