What is “Graphic Medicine”?

Graphic Medicine is the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. Dr Ian Williams

Some titles of graphics novels including: Graphic Medicine Manifesto, The Bad Doctor and Menopause: A Comic Treatment

The website Graphic Medicine explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare, and includes news, reviews and podcasts on new releases.

Graphic Medicine novels cover a wide range of topics including experience of illness, normalcy, disability, stigmatization, and bias, carers’ and children’s perspectives and medical staff and student perspectives.

Find out more…

There’s lots of resources and videos on the web, including The National Library of Medicine’s Comics for Health and Medicine which “introduces students to the use of graphic narratives…as a medium for communicating stories about health, illness, loss, suffering, and hope.”

Further reading: Green, MJ and Myers, KR. Graphic medicine: use of comics in medical education and patient care. BMJ. 2010 Mar 13. 340. pp 574-7. Available at URL: https://www.bmj.com/bmj/section-pdf/186501?path=/bmj/340/7746/Analysis.full.pdf

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