"Dr. Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams, M.D. (born May 28, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American medical physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns, to bring hope and joy to orphans, patients, and the people. In 1998 he also visited Bosnia, one of the Balkan Peninsula countries torn apart by the war that started after the break-up of Yugoslavia. His life was the template for the plot of the film Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. Adams is currently based in Arlington, Virginia, where he promotes a different health care model (i.e. one not funded by insurance policies) in collaboration with the institute."
Tonight I watched Patch Adams for the third time (first time as a medical student). I must say it is one of my favorite movies. A great plot, good cause, compassion, a pure love story, excellent acting, and a medical twist. What more could you ask for?
Anyhow, thank God we live in the Internet age, with a click of a button I can look up and see what happened with this guy called Patch Adams and see whether he fulfilled his dream or not. Here are a few links to what I found:
- First of all, you can watch the movie Patch Adams for free streaming online over here.
- Patch Adams --- wikipedia
- Patch Adams (film) --- wikipedia
- Gesundheit! Institute --- wikipedia
- Gesundheit Institute (GI) --- official website
- Patch Adams --- books and videos
- Health Care Design Elective: Designing Desirable Health Care Delivery Systems