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
Today’s podcast features a presentation by cartoonist Tyler Page from the 2015 Comics & Medicine conference in Riverside, California in which he describes the ways making comics helped with his ADHD. Tyler Page is working on his first graphic memoir, Raised on Ritalin: A Medicated Memoir. He tells us how making comics helped him manage his ADHD. Keep an eye on your screens because Tyler shared his many slides, and the images are matched up to his talk. Graphic Medicine News Penn State University Press announces the release of Peter Dunlop Shohl’s graphic memoir My Degeneration, available now. I’m hoping to interview Peter… Read More
Alan Peterkin’s book, “Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School” (University of Toronto Press) will be going into a sixth edition in the US/Canada and a new, fully revised UK edition next year (co-edited by Alan Bleakley). Alan wants to include some graphic panels about the medical training experience-positive encounters/conflicts and stressors/reflections on the overall experience and is open each chapter with one or two panels or even one provocative illustration. Submissions can be sent to this email = email@example.com . Folks should indicate that the submitted work is original and that they authorize inclusion in both US/UK versions of… Read More
Dr. Yemi Sanusi writes fictional stories about the internal workings of the human body so that people can learn more about what goes on in their bodies in a fun way. In 2011 she published a book, Heads and Tales, which focused on malaria. “When a young cell, Bain, is sent by the mother-body to take command of the yet-to-be-born baby Eva, his limited experience makes him unsure of what to expect. Faced with the daily challenges of maintaining a healthy human body, he has a lot more to contend with when intruders like bacteria and malaria agents invade his… Read More