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August 24, 2010

Medical Humor

Filed under: A Musical Interlude — Rich Adin @ 7:03 am
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Most of my editing work is in the medical field, a dry, generally humorless field when it comes to medical texts. But, lo and behold, medicine is not humor-less as the following musical videos demionstrate (with thanks to my wife for discovering them on YouTube). All are performed by the Laryngospasms.

First up, is Waking Up is Hard to Do:

Next up is Breathe:

Third, is the Laryngospasms at the AANA Conference singing about getting their cases out on time (and in case you don’t recognize the underlying tune of the first song, think Rowdy Yates and the theme from Rawhide; the second song is based on Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels’ Devil with the Blue Dress On):

Last, is Mr. Gasman:

Just goes to prove that there can be humor in medicine :).


  1. These are wonderful, Rich! They reminded me, fondly, of my dad and of a long-time friend, whose respective talent shows during med school were, pardon the expression, as stitch! I only know of the ones with my dad from his, and his colleagues’, stories and from the programs from those events that we found in Dad’s papers after he died, but I attended one organized by my friend and it was simply hysterical, as well as brilliant.

    Yet another reminder that I need to get my dad’s poems and stories transcribed and published.


    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — August 24, 2010 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  2. Those are hilarious!!! Thanks to your wife for digging these up! 🙂


    Comment by kristualla — August 24, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  3. Humor is not just going out on the Internet and gathering a bunch of jokes. Humor is much more than that. “When you make me laugh, I’m not depressed anymore!” Professionals tell us that there can only be one emotion occupy one space at any given time. Therefore…you’re either happy or you’re sad.


    Comment by Professional Manuscript Editing — August 26, 2010 @ 2:05 am | Reply

  4. These are a blast! I’m going to share the link to your post with lots of listmates, Rich. I got such a kick out of imaginging my ESL researcher-authors singing with the Laryngospasms! 🙂


    Comment by Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, ELS — August 27, 2010 @ 10:15 am | Reply

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