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        Hospital humor is a staple in the publishing and entertainment industries. (I grew up reading a lot of it in the Reader's Digest column  "Laughter, the best medicine.") What's different about this book? It's been compiled from many health care providers and thus has many viewpoints and outlooks. It shares the joy in nursing, the outre' peculiarities we encounter, and our insights on ourselves, the people we work for and with, and those human beings who come to us when they need us.

        One will start with an "uh, huh", "yeah, that's right", move through grins, chuckles, chortles, guffaws, and "I've seen that; --they know what it's like!" Like those sessions in a break room, when only colleagues can hear, we take away the tension and revel in the absurdities and hilarities of the human comedy in which we must always, --or mostly always, be serious.

        Ms. Young, not a nurse but a college librarian, has previously written on nursing humor: The Best of Nursing Humor, Volume 2: A Collection of Articles, Essays, and Poetry Published in the Nursing Literature. She explains that the present book is extensively researched from nursing sources and arranged thematically: Why nurses enter nursing; how they see their patients; Patients and their families give their views upon nurses; Relationship between doctors and nurses; Bloopers and errors in charts; "the rich diversity of nursing life"; Education of nurses; exposés of management, and reshaping the future of nursing.

        This is not only an obvious gift for oneself, or the nurse in your life, it may just be an enjoyable therapy outlet and good-mood-restorer for those bad days when one's mind is as tired and sore as the back and the feet.

Review: "Bedlam Among the Bedpans, Humor in Nursing "
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