Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
When Lord Byron first offered this advice he could not have imagined the scale and cost of medicines prescribed in England 200 years later (which are certainly no laughing matter).
According to government figures, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre there were just over 1 billion items prescribed in 2012 by community pharmacists,
It has been a long time since the wise men made their epic trip to deliver three simple gifts and it was a long time before that when Hippocrates, another wise man observed,
‘Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm’.
In July 1945 the founders of the National Health Service also had three simple gifts in mind when they determined the core principles of the NHS,