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The Story Behind The Real Patch Adams

humanityDr. Adams, who himself played the part in the movie of the catatonic patient with his arm sticking up in the air, was depicted by Mr. Williams as a simplistic medical student. In real life he “shares his home” with 12,000 books and 120 periodicals including Food Insect Newsletter, Experimental Musical Instruments, and Funny Times. “If I had made it, it would have been a deep movie about compassion,” he says.

Nevertheless, he says, “the consequences of the film made me love it,” with over 3,000 people starting projects to help humanity. Thousands of mentally ill have written to say he helped them. But never in 30 years has government or the business world taken an interest in his …