‘This Week in Graphic Medicine’ highlights relevant articles (and tweets) about comics in medicine published during the week (Saturday – Friday). Articles are typically presented without commentary, with credit given to those who flagged them up where possible. So without further ado… This Week in Graphic Medicine – A Look Inside… Last week when I announced the move of this blog series to the Graphic Medicine site (ICYMI), I promised to give some insight into how this post comes to be. I came to graphic medicine by accident in grad school when I was supposed to be finding background on… Read More
Hello all! Many of you already know me, either via Twitter (@NoetheMatt) or this year’s conference, but for those of you that don’t, my name is Matthew Noe. I am a medical librarian, currently working at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (a mouthful to be sure). Over the past year or so I have been building collections and programming, as well as conducting a large scoping review of the literature around the use of comics in medical education. A key part of all of this… Read More
In this podcast episode, listen to field co-founded Ian Williams describe to the Wellcome Trust Library staff what graphic medicine is and what it does. Support for this podcast comes from Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, the nation’s oldest Humanities Department within a medical school, pioneers of innovations in medical education since 1967. To learn more about Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities, go to www2.med.psu.edu/humanities.
This week sees the publication of two new important papers on Graphic Medicine. Here are direct links to the online papers. The first is published with open access on the excellent Comics Grid website: ‘Graphic Medicine’ as a Mental Health Information Resource: Insights from Comics Producers Authors: Anthony Farthing ,Ernesto Priego Abstract Recent literature suggests that a growing number of comics are being published on health-related topics, including aspects of mental health and social care (Williams 2012; Czerwiec et al 2015) and that comics are increasingly being used in higher education settings as information resources. This article offers insights from comics creators… Read More
MK and I are applying for a grant to upgrade and professionalise the web site. We run it as a labour of love, and, although we have gratefully received sponsorship in the past to cover web hosting and maintenance, it costs us in time and money to keep it going, and we are both increasingly busy with freelance work, which is what keeps a roof over our respective heads. We rely on the good will of guest reviewers and bloggers to contribute without reward, or in exchange for a review copy of a graphic novel, and we would like to remedy this… Read More
The short comic “Mr. S Changes Doctors” was created by Comic Nurse MK Czerwiec, in collaboration with University of Chicago physicians Amber Pincavage and Vineet Arora. Click through for full comic here. In his post highlighting the Annals articles to be used for medical teaching, under the category “Humanism and Professionalism,” Annals editor Darren Taichman writes, “This short graphic narrative succinctly tells the story of a patient whose blood work “fell through the cracks” during the transition from one primary care doctor to another. Use this story to: Ask your graduating senior residents how they will plan for the transition… Read More
The Graphic Medicine podcast episodes that will arise from the 2014 conference at Johns Hopkins will be posted in video form on YouTube. In preparation, I (MK) have created a Graphic Medicine playlist. Already on the channel are some existing and new “intro to Graphic Medicine” videos. First up is Michael Green & myself presenting at Mayo Clinic’s TRANSFORM conference last year. Next up is Lydia Gregg introducing comics and medicine for Johns Hopkins. Behind Lydia is the comic she created to summarize the 2014 conference. Lydia is followed by Dana Walrath’s TEDx talk describing her “Aliceheimers” project and how… Read More
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Comics and Mental Health: A special themed edition of Asylum magazine Comics, graphic novels and sequential art are currently receiving critical attention in academic disciplines while enjoying widespread acclaim through popular culture. Many of the most acclaimed comics, and related tie-ins, utilise themes and characters that directly or indirectly touch on mental health in ways that are potentially thoughtful, challenging and provocative but also manipulative, voyeuristic and stereotypical. Key examples are the characters of Delirium and Despair in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and the Joker in both Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy of films and in the… Read More
You may have noticed an interruption in the podcasting of presentations from Brighton. This has been due to both poor audio quality and time constraints. Hoping to get a few more of those presentations audible and edited before our Baltimore conference. In the meantime, Michael Green was kind enough to interview me, MK Czerwiec, while we were on a mini-speaking tour of Southern California. Michael is a gifted interviewer, and I can babble about Graphic Medicine at a moment’s notice. Hope you enjoy our chat.
Due to production changes, the deadline for the Special Issue on Graphic Medicine of Configurations, the Journal of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, has been moved up to January 15, 2014. Submissions, in the form of essays, comics, and any combination of the two, as well as any questions, should be sent to Susan Squier, firstname.lastname@example.org. Any submission should include 2-3 sentences of biographical information, your name, email address, and hard mail address.