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Patch Adams

Patch Adams

Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams (born May 28, 1945) is a medical doctor, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972.


  • Admitting he never had any religion, he calls a friend his "god" and the love of other people, God's spirit.
  • I'll give you an example - in Russia most of the hospitals don't have any pain medicine, they don't have any money. So if you're with kids with cancer, they can have metastases to the bone; which some say is the worst pain a human can experience. So a mother can be in a room with a child who hasn't stopped screaming in five months. ...85% of the time I walk in there as a clown they'll stop screaming."
  • I think my government are fascists. I feel that if we don't change from a society that worships money and power over to one that worships compassion and generosity, there is no hope for human survival this century.
  • The medical professionals are a lot more comfortable calling it 'depression' than calling it 'loneliness.'

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