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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In this week’s Graphic Medicine podcast, the first in a series, we’ll hear two lightning presentations from the 2015 Comics & Medicine conference in Riverside, California. Both presentations discuss how making art and comics helps create meaning and understanding, and can, in some cases, change behavior. You can listen to an image-enhanced version of the podcast here: Or you can find the episode in iTunes here. First we’ll hear from Roderick Castle, an art therapist in Rochester, New York, who works with veterans. You can learn more about Roderick from his feature in this month’s “Art Therapy Today”, published by the… Read More
In this entertaining, reflective, and insightful talk from his workshop at the 2105 Comics & Medicine conference, doctor and New Yorker staff cartoonist Ben Schwartz tracks the history of doctors, medicine, and health as reflected in the single-panel gag cartoons of the New Yorker Magazine. He also shares reflections from a few fellow New Yorker cartoonists on medicine in comics, and tips for making a gag comic of your own. Keep an eye on your screen, there are over 200 comics in this presentation! If your browser supports Quicktime, you can watch it in the first window below. If it… Read More