Humor comes in many flavors, any of which may appeal to one person but not to another person, and which may be enjoyed in alternation or in combination.
There are many different kinds of humour. For instance there is
- Upside down.
Willian Osler: “Ask not what kind of a disease someone has but what kind of a disease the person has.”
- Absurd humour.
Giving someone a note which says “To take away.”
The waiter says to a customer: “Do you like to eat wild?”. And the response of the customer: “No, I like to eat in peace.”
- Grim humour
Not suited for someone who is going to be hung.
- Sick humour.
“Can you remove this cosmetic flaw?” “Sorry, we don’t decapitate.”
- Black humour.
“I see something terrible” whispers the fortune teller when she’s looking in her crystal ball. “Your husband will die tomorrow”. “I know” says the female costumer. “But what I want to know is if I will be acquitted.”
- A pun.
“Doctor, I’m having hallucinations.” “No, you are just imagining them.”
- Inside jokes.
Doctor is being urgently called away during his consulting hours: “Don’t get better, I’ll be back soon.”
- Present humour.
Only by laughing one can become immune to Mad Cow Disease.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you”, says the blind man against an old friend. (13)
- A surprising turn.
“I bit my brother on his leg and then my tooth fell out of my mouth.”
But what kind of humour is save to use in a hospital?
To answer that question you have to look at a lot of factors such as:
- Who is the patient?
Is the patient male or female, does the patient have a spouse, does the patient have kids.
- Where does he live?
In which city or village does the patient live and why does the patient lives here
- Where does he come from?
In which city or village was the patient born. Is the patient from The Netherlands or from Russia or from America or from somewhere else on the planet.
- What is his or hers illness?
Does the patient have cancer or is he just in the hospital to treat a mild concussion.
- What is his or hers ethnic background?
Is the patient a Christian, a Jew, an Arabic or some other religion.
- But finally you always have to ask yourself: What kind of humour does the patient like?
All these factors determine what kind of humour your patient likes (and also what kind of humour you like).