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The Power of Humor in Healthcare

Joking and laughing does a lot more than just lighten the mood

A smiling nurse jokes with a boy patient in a hospital bed.

ByBy the end of my first trimester, all the nurses at the local emergency room knew my name. Thanks to a four-month bout of hyperemesis gravidarum — basically, intense and frequent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy — I had wound up at the hospital for fluids about once a week for a whole summer. I…



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Ashley Abramson

Writer-mom hybrid. Health & psychology stories in NYT, WaPo, Allure, Real Simple, & more.