Gallows humor in medicine

Hastings Cent Rep. 2011 Sep-Oct;41(5):37-45. doi: 10.1002/j.1552-146x.2011.tb00139.x.


Medical professionals regularly joke about their patients' problems. Some of these jokes are clearly wrong, but are all jokes wrong?

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Bioethics
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations / ethics*
  • Professional-Patient Relations / ethics*
  • Wit and Humor as Topic / psychology*