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Nepal sends in the clowns to help young patients

Published on Dec 19, 2012 11:44 AM

DHULIKHEL, Nepal (AFP) - He may not be much of a doctor but the children's faces light up when Dush The Clown shuffles onto their ward in his floppy shoes and red nose to prescribe his unique brand of medical care.

Dush - alias 36-year-old Israeli David Barashi - is in Nepal to teach doctors and nurses that laughter really can be the best medicine, with the latest evidence suggesting clowning around in hospitals can boost patient care.

"Everyone can take something from the clown," said Mr Barashi, who has worked as a qualified medical clown for ten years.

"When you are in a hospital, you shouldn't just see the sick and the painful side of the patient, you should see the healthy side, the side that wants to be a kid.

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