Laughter Is OK Medicine, Unless It Kills You

Have a great Labor Day weekend, everybody! But be careful not to enjoy yourself too much. (This post on the dangers of laughter first appeared in December 2013.)

Careful with the bedside banter, doctors. Before you put on your best Patch Adams impression, you might want to consider whether your attempts at humor will ease your patient’s discomfort or give him a protruding hernia.

That’s the conclusion of a review paper in the Christmas issue of BMJ that asks the jolly question of whether l

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