Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy

Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy

by Patch Adams M.D., Maureen Mylander

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The inspiring and hilarious story of Patch Adams's quest to bring free health care to the world and to transform the way doctors practice medicine

• Tells the story of Patch Adam's lifetime quest to transform the health care system

• Released as a film from Universal Pictures, starring Robin Williams

Meet Patch Adams, M.D., a social revolutionary who has devoted his career to giving away health care. Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a home-based medical practice that has treated more than 15,000 people for free, and that is now building a full-scale hospital that will be open to anyone in the world free of charge. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Not for those who know and work with Patch. Whether it means putting on a red clown nose for sick children or taking a disturbed patient outside to roll down a hill with him, Adams does whatever is necessary to help heal. In his frequent lectures at medical schools and international conferences, Adams's irrepressible energy cuts through the businesslike facade of the medical industry to address the caring relationship between doctor and patient that is at the heart of true medicine.
All author royalties are used to fund The Gesundheit Institute, a 40-bed free hospital in West Virginia.
Adams's positive vision and plan for the future is an inspiration for those concerned with the inaccessibility of affordable, quality health care.

Today's high-tech medicine has become too costly, impersonal, and grim. In his frequent lectures to colleges, churches, community groups, medical schools, and conferences, Patch shows how healing can be a loving, creative, humorous human exchange--not a business transaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620551127
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 375,681
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patch Adams, M.D., is a social revolutionary and one-man show who believes in "horse and buggy" medicine and never charges his patients a cent! In 1971, the author and a few of his colleagues founded the Gesundheit institute in Northern Virginia. During the next twelve years, they operated a home-based family medical practice and managed to treat more than 15,000 people without payment, malpractice insurance, or formal facilities. Patch Adams continues on his life mission to achieve the goal of building a fully functioning, free health care center.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface


Author's Acknowledgments

Co-Author's Preface


Part I Bringing Your Vision and Joy to the Practice of Medicine

1 A Health Care System in Pain
2 An Ideal Medical Practice
3 Humor and Healing, or Why We're Building a Silly Hospital
4 Art, Nature, and Imagination
5 Rebuilding Self, Family, Community, World

Huge - What Happens to a Dream Unleashed

Part II A Prescription for Health and Healing

A Chronology of the Gesundheit Institute

6 The Pilot Period
7 The Dream Defined
8 Garth's Story, By Gareth Branwyn
9 Organizing Dreamers, by Blair Voyvodic, M.D.
10 Building the Dream
11 Living on the Land, by Kathy Blomquist
12 Light a Candle: How Can I Help?
13 Passion and Persistence
14 Five Years Have Passed

Bibliography: A Booklover's Search for Understanding and Ideas


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