How to Treat a Person: Learning Patient Care from Patch Adams

“Patch Adams,” the 1998 comedy/drama featuring Robin Williams, tells the story of a man, Hunter “Patch” Adams, who makes waves at Virginia Medical University when he realizes that the school’s idea of what constitutes patient care is vastly different from his own. Wanting to serve those without insurance, Patch opens a clinic in his home. It is there that he finds his purpose: to connect with his patients and offer them hope. 

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