2010 Theme: Humor in Medicine
Being in the hospital is serious business. After all, no one comes for the ambiance or cuisine. But often it is in the most serious and dire situations when we need to laugh the most. At times, one worries about the
appropriateness of being light-hearted or witty in such a traditionally austere environment. The truth is, no disease occurs in a vacuum and life does not cease to exist for patients, their families or their caregivers. In the end, part of being human (perhaps the best part)
is our innate ability to smile, laugh, and be happy in some of our most trying times. Whether it is a patient who sees the irony in her illness or a medical student cartooning a stressful rotation, there is humor everywhere in the hospital, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have chronicled some of these experiences in journal form. As editors, we were simply amazed at
the creative, uplifting and just plain hilarious entries we received this year. We hope you enjoy the special section and this edition of Wild Onions
as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Shilpa and Tarik