Patch Adams

Clown who is also a Physician

Hi, there! I’m a 73-year old clown who is also a physician. In medical school (1967-71) I realized that the way medicine was practiced was wrong. So, I designed a hospital addressing some of the major problems in our health care delivery. At 18, I decided to be 6 qualities: happy, funny, loving, cooperative, creative, and thoughtful. These 6 qualities allow me to be an instrument for peace, justice, and care for all people and nature. This is why I am a clown. Flame On!



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