NEW HAVEN – A report released today by the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that laughter may not be the best medicine for kidney stones.
“For years we have all read or heard that laughter is the best medicine,” said Dr. Kevin Matschner, who co-authored the report. “But, after careful observation of the men participating in our study suffering from urinary tract blockages, I believe we can state categorically that laughter had little or no effect on the alleviation of their suffering.”
Dr. Matschner offered the following explanation to support his findings. “One group of men felled by kidney stones were kept in a room and exposed to round the clock viewings of films from comedians ranging from Buster Keaton and W.C. Fields to Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. Another group with the same affliction was kept in a hilarity-free chamber and administered a series of antibiotics and injections intended to dissolve their stones. In every single case, the men who received laughter-only treatment for their malady became more irritable, more violent, and in some cases, lost consciousness.”
Dr. Matschner added that the University has written a new grant proposal to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking Federal funding to complete a new study.
“This time, we’re going to determine once and for all if laughter is truly the best medicine for leprosy.”