Dr. Stu Silverstein, a pediatrician and director of MedHumor
Presentations, says injecting some tasteful humor can do wonders for
the physician/patient relationship.
A Doctor and A Comedian
is one of the few physicians in the nation who also works as a professional
standup comedian. He has appeared in clubs throughout the United States,
including CATCH A RISING STAR in Boston,
COMIC STRIP in New York, LAUGHS
UNLIMITED in Sacramento and THE HOLY CITY
ZOO, THE IMPROVISIATION,
THE OTHER CAFE and THE PUNCHLINE
in San Francisco.
He's been written up favorably by Bob Weider, THE SAN FRANCISCO
CHRONICLE'S comedy critic and his jokes have been quoted and printed
in HERB CAEN'S column. He appears frequently on radio talk shows and
has received both national and local news coverage.
Silverstein saw an opportunity to combine his unique physician/comedian
background into a business which teaches physicians how to establish
a rapport with their patients through humor. A popular speaker nationwide,
he is able to mix the serious side of medicine with the healing benefits
Illness is not a laughing matter to Dr. Silverstein, but he believes
that finding a patients funny bone has therapeutic value in a profession
that deals with pain and suffering. Silverstein says, "Humor
can provide perspective to alleviate the stress, alienation and panic
most people experience in the medical office or hospital" Most
important he says, "Humor can help ease pain, by relaxing and
distracting the sufferer and elevating his or her mood. Our emotions
measurably influence our pain perception"
The very concept of telling jokes to a group of medical professionals
in a hospital setting is bizarre enough to generate its own painful
one liners. In his MedHumor Presentation entitled Humor in Medicine??...You
Must Be Joking!!!, Dr. Silverstein talks about the art and value of
putting a few yucks into one's examination, diagnosis or bedside manner....
Dr. Stu Silverstein is doing just what a comedian/ doctor should be
doinghe's keeping them in stitches