Guest post by Giang Ho Pharmacy is a dreadful job. Who can really stand for 8-12 hours straight verifying prescriptions, dealing with medical insurance, with mean customers, having no bathroom or lunch break, working overtime then coming back the next day to repeat it all again? To many people, being a pharmacist means you must be amazing or just insane. When I started pharmacy school, I thought the same thing. But after three years in this field, I would say pharmacy is a very interesting and unique profession that is vastly misunderstood. I hope my comics work about pharmacy school can show what it is… Read More
Guest post by Claudia Thomas & Anne Schirrmeister A large body of evidence indicates that dealing with pediatric patients’ anxiety prior to surgical interventions is not optimal, and that this is true worldwide. Literature shows that preoperative anxiety results in increased pain after surgery, a higher incidence of postoperative delirium and longer hospital stays. In addition, behavioral disorders like enuresis nocturna and separation anxiety as well as sleep disorders and nightmares often occur. Developing easy-to-use and standardized tools for reducing preoperative anxiety in children could be an approach to address this problem. Using the ability of imagination and magic thinking… Read More
Primary Care as Adventure! – guest blog by Richard Stark, MD. The rumors you’ve heard that Primary Care is boring and repetitious are not true! Primary Care is an adventure, and I’ve accumulated the stories and anecdotes over 40 years in medicine to prove it! Yes, you see the same patients year after year, in sickness and in health. But you learn a lot about people and their behavior. You also learn a lot about the attitudes and concerns of staff. And if you attain an administrative position in a bureaucratic healthcare organization you gain an appreciation of a… Read More
Call for Contributors for “Missing Panels” Zine funded by the University of Leicester – Wellcome Trust ISSF. “Missing Panels” focuses on the impact a lack of representation has on the lives and mental health of members of BME communities, illustrating the need for more equal representation as one of the many strategies required to build a more equal society. Specifically, we are looking for contributors to create a 2 or 4-page full colour comic revolving around questions such as: i) is NHS outreach/campaign material inclusive to BME communities? ii) in what way has your personal experience of accessing health care… Read More
From Candida Rifkind, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Winnipeg: The Comics Studies Society (CSS) has extended nominations for “The Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation” to April 15th! Nominations and inquiries should be sent by email to the CSS Awards Coordinator at email@example.com by April 15th. The Graduate Student Caucus (GSC) of the Comics Studies Society (CSS) is invested in encouraging finely-crafted and innovative comics scholarship by members of the graduate student community, so please do send in your work. All conference presentations given during the 2017 calendar year on the subject of comics, cartooning, and caricature qualify for this… Read More
16 February 2018 – 17 February 2018 Convenors Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh) Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) Summary The ushering in of the modern epidemiological age was marked not only by the invasion of Europe and America by cholera and other pathogens, but equally by a public commentary on epidemics through the use of caricatures and comic strips. Graphic figures of speech, visual condensations and sketched comparisons provide shortcuts to the ‘hardened political metaphors’ (Gombrich) at stake in epidemic crises. As such, this popular mode of communication, debate and critique, was soon taken up by epidemic deniers, health critics… Read More
Dx: Medical Student is a weekly comic drawn by a junior doctor, which documents the trials and tribulations of medicine. Originally published in the UK Medical Student paper, now it’s a regular weekly online webcomic.
Charo Sabariegos professor at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha got in touch to tell us that the the school of medicine in Albacete, Spain, has put together a collection of graphic pathographies. They intend to make known the usefulness of comics to both teachers and students by holding an exhibition, Le Medicina en el Cómic from December until the end of February. The exhibition is divided into six major themes: The interview with the doctor. Medical tests Feelings The great round of doctors (in honour of David B.) Waiting rooms. What is it? Extracts from comics are shown in each of the… Read More
Developed by Cardiff University and a group of independent comic creators, All Is Not Well aims to reflect the reality of life as a care giver via a series of short comic strips. Working in care has become one of the most thankless and undervalued jobs in society, yet it is one of the most important. Our aim is to try and give voice to some of the people involved in the caring of others. The site will host a variety of strips from creators who have worked as carers or been cared for themselves. These will feature alongside interviews with the creators, as well… Read More
On this week’s show, two doctors making comics. First up is an interview with Carlo Jose San Juan, the creator of Callous Comics, a comic strip from the Philippines that tells the story of a doctor and her guardian duck. Later in the episode I talk with Ian Williams about his weekly Guardian strip Sick Notes. Click below to play the episode, or subscribe to the Graphic Medicine Podcast in iTunes. The Graphic Medicine podcast is brought to you by Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Department of Humanities.