Andrew Godfrey (Sicker than Thou, The CF Diaries) has done a wonderful report on the Graphic Medicine conference on his blog. Thriving, eclectic, warm, encouraging, inspiring, and with plenty of laughs to be had, this open discourse between artists, academics, and health care professionals is surely an optimistic sign of the times. Thanks, Andrew – and not just because you said nice & helpful things about my talk. (But that’s certainly not discouraged. I had an artist patient who once told me, “I show my work to other people so they can tell me what they see.” I very much had that… Read More
held on Thursday 17th November 2011 at Leeds Art Gallery Report by Ian Williams We were very excited to hold the third conference on comics and medicine as part of the Thought Bubble Comics Forum and are very grateful to the Comics Forum director, Ian Hague, for inviting us to take part. Many medical schools have encouraged the reading of classic and contemporary literature to gain insight into the human condition, a move generally seen as corrective to this century’s overvaluing of medical science and technology, that attempts to bridge the gap between knowing about a disease and understanding the patient’s… Read More
Welcome to the new Graphic Medicine blog. This is MK in Chicago (for now!) The organizing committee of the 2012 Comics & Medicine conference is planning to use this space for all announcements related to the 2012 conference and beyond. In the coming weeks, we will be tweaking the look of the site, announcing the 2012 conference theme, dates, and venue, as well as putting out the call for papers. So watch this space – we have many surprises in store!
In February, 2009, 16 medical students in their final year at Penn State College of Medicine enrolled in an elective course in Medical Humanities called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives.” The course was developed to show fourth-year medical students “how graphics and text can be used to effectively communicate complex medical narratives, and [to] develop their own stories into graphic depictions.” Taught seminar-style, the course requirements were minimal: participate in all classroom activities, be good colleagues to one another, and produce a short, original, illustrated story, or “Comic.” Of course not all medical students are naturally gifted writers or artists,… Read More