Summary: 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
- Releasing as a film from Universal Pictures, starring Robin Williams on Christmas day
Meet Patch Adams, M.D., a social revolutionary who has devoted his career to giving away health care. Adams is the founder of th ...show moree 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.
The movie version of Gesundheit! will be released by Universal Pictures for Christmas 1998. Starring Robin Williams, the film will be directed by John Shadyac, director of the Jim Carrey film Liar, Liar, and produced by Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H fame. It is sure to bring further attention to Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Institute.
All author royalties are used to fund The Gesundheit Institute, a 40-bed free hospital in West Virginia.
Adams' 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.
To see the real Dr. Patch Adams at work, visit THE DOCTOR IS IN video series site. Patch is profiled in the episode Healing Arts. This program shows the compassionate physician in action as he uses humor to improve the health of ailing children. 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. ...show less