Laughter is the best medicine - an old saying, but one that the University of Haifa is taking seriously by introducing Israel's first degree program - and perhaps the only degree in the world - in medical clowning.
"It's a kind of start-up actually," said Herzel Ziyoni about the pilot program being offered by the university's Department. of Theater.
The laff riot continues here. "Paging Dr. Patch Adams..."
Though the hospitals accept the presence of medical clowns, they don't consider them part of the staff. The students hope that the new degree program will change this situation.