This is more than a compilation of stories and anecdotes. For us all, Out of the Doctor's Bag points to the importance of what we have experienced and what those events tell us about the human condition.
Let's face it. We can make humorous comments or gestures or be the object of humor without realizing it.
Says Tanenbaum, "A sense of humor often allows us to overcome or make more bearable unfortunate events that happen in our lives. In many instances, time may solve these problems."