Would you like to review a book for the graphic medicine website? Do you have students for whom reviewing a work of graphic medicine could be a great assignment? Be in touch with Kevin Wolf, our reviews editor! He just finished his 101st review and needs some help!
A few thoughts from Kevin below:
Do you have a specific book that you’d like to review? If so, let me know what it is. If you want one or more suggestions, let me know, so I can try to match you up with the type of graphic medicine (GM) book that interests you and is awaiting review. Here are some books awaiting review: https://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-type/unreviewed/.
I don’t have specific rules about reviews but general ones. I’m very flexible. I suggest a review be 400 words or more (though it could be less if you really don’t have much to write about … but you should explain why you don’t have much to write). Spend some time on the medical issues addressed in the graphic work and how well that’s done (Do you understand it? Does the GM book under review include references/resources? Terminology explained? Any triggers that might be of concern? Etc.). Who’s the audience for the GM work (general, providers, patients, students, educators, kids, etc.)? Discuss how it was presented, including the illustrations. Are there any other topics you want to address (metaphors, themes, etc.)? I tend to use some statistics from reliable sources (e.g., .gov or .edu weblink) on the medical issues, but that’s me. Address any or all of my suggested topics; whatever is meaningful to you. I may have some edits which you’ll have the chance to approve.
If you don’t have the book you want to review, a good source of used books is www.abebooks.com. Sometimes we get review copies from the publisher, so ask first. I don’t give deadlines (unless you want one) because I know you’re a volunteer and we all have busy schedules. I do follow up in a month or two; just to find out if you still plan on doing the review. There’s some specific stuff at the beginning of every review (book cover image, title, author, ISBN, and some other items) which I can add.
Here are a few of Kevin’s recent reviews.
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