Thursday, December 08, 2005

Clown Medicine

The 6th December 2005 issue of the local paper, the Comment News includes an article headed Laughter is the Best Medicine for Local Patients. The story begins

'Cat' scans, 'funny bone' checks and 'red nose' transplants were part of the fun when Clown Doctors visited sick patients at Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital last Friday. Dr Wally and Dr Squeek played and sang their way through the hospital, to the delight of patients, families and staff.

EoR is a bit dubious as to whether he'd see the joke if he was lying sick in hospital, but never mind. The article goes on

Clown Doctors parody the hospital routine, using improvisation, play and song to lighten the serious side of the hospital. They are therapeutic as well as entertaining.

Is it just EoR, or does this sound exactly like how SCAMs work? They're certainly a parody of medical routine (particularly those who use Magic Machines to Diagnose). EoR just wishes alternative practitioners were all legally required to wear red noses, and practice under names like Dr Con, Dr Ripoff and Dr I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Magic.

1 comment:

  1. I heartily agree. When SCAMs practitioners wear clown outfits (a bulbous red nose at the least) I shall stop complaining about them. In fact I'll stop calling them SCAMs and use the respectible title of "Jokers" instead.


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