General Article How ‘giggle doctors’ help sick children

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© Phil McCarthy

Caspar Addyman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Hospitals are not fun for any of us. But imagine being trapped in a hospital bed as a young child, perhaps with a serious condition that requires multiple extended visits. Staff on children’s wards do their best to entertain their patients but their first priority, of course, is always medical.

This is where “giggle doctors” come in. These professional entertainers are trained and

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