Robin Williams brings to life the true story of Patch Adams a non-conformist doctor who is on a mission to reform the medical system. Patch Adams starts from his days as a mental patienthe was lost and confused when he checked himself into a mental hospital after trying to commit suicide and he enrolls into a medical school at Virginia Medical University to be able to accomplish his dream andit ends with graduation from that school. The beauty of the film is that it takes us on an emotional journey that is fun, even if it is a heavy handed at times. This was great movie because of the comedic and emotional aspect.
Hunter Patch Adams wanted to be a doctor, he wanted to help people and he said that”The purpose of a doctor or any human in general should not be to simply delay the death of the patient, but to increase the person’s quality of life.”His way of improving the quality of life of the patients is by addressing to their needs and making them happy. During his stay in the hospital he helped the patients through humor because he believed that by making them laugh and forget the pain, it will strengthen them but it is prohibited to interact with the patients. It is only allowed when he reach his third year. This became one of the reasons for him to be expelled from school but he never stopped and continue doing what he believe is right. As the story goes on there are many things that hinder him to achieve his dream but the head nurse believes in what he is doing and works along with him. Patch decides to continue his dream while Dean Walcott fights to have him thrown out of school but he always end up being unsuccessful. Patch established a free clinic called Gesundheit together with the help of his friends, Truman and Carin where the medicine is based on love, where in patients helps and treat one another at first it goes well but then things got complicated when Carin died. Patch almost lose hope and abandon the hospital because the college finds out they was treating patients without license making his entire career placed in risk but as he reflected on it, he got back on his foot again and continue on what Carin would have wanted him to do, and that is to serve other people. I like the way he defines what a doctor is. A doctor is someone who helps someone else. To me, he’s amazing.
The story tells us that we should have a passionate character. We should use our fears or failures as our key to success. Always believe that failures have seeds of success that will develop in it. Always be motivated so that you can influence other to be motivated too and when there are people who are feeling down we should help and cheer them up. Patch Adams is a movie worth watching, it will satisfy you and will make you learn and realize things. The movie has something to do in our lives, the moral lessons found in the story that are applicable to our lives. It can make us to be a better person and help us possess characteristics of Patch Adams which are truly admirable and impressive. We should also see problems in a Christ-like manner and always focus on the solution not in the problem. Patch also nears the meaning of the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. He heals people in a beautiful way and we should do the same thing. In essence, even at our lowest medicines in life, truly the best medicine is humor.