Slideshow: Israeli Hospitals Employ Doctors, Nurses And… Clowns?

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There are special clowns you won’t find in the circus, or in the theater, or at children’s birthday parties, but instead in children’s hospitals, standing next to the doctor or nurse, trying to make patients laugh.

Dream Doctors in Israel is building a nationwide professional community of medical clowns who learn a combination of nursing and comedy skills to make hospital experience less traumatic and more pleasant for children.

The project started 10 years ago, with only three clowns in one hospital. Today Dream Doctors has 72 professional clowns active in various pediatric wards and clinics at 20 hospitals across the country.

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