Book Review by Kevin Wolf A Shot in the Arm by Don Brown is a color non-fiction graphic work of vaccine development narrated by the historical figure, Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762). This work permits Ms. Montagu to be of her time during a deadly Smallpox epidemic in Europe, as well as, carrying her through our current COVID-19 times. She’s the key founder of vaccine distribution. Smallpox, being eradicated from Earth since 1977, is also one of the great success stories of vaccines. “Along with clean water and sanitation, vaccines rank as one of the greatest contributions to public health.”… Read More
Viral Combat: Monica Fights the Flu
Created through a collaboration of six University of Chicago medical students and one University of Chicago MFA student in 2011, this wonderful educational comic helps kids (and adults!) understand the virology and symptoms of influenza.The process and value of immunization against the flu is also described. Q&A inset boxes are used to clarify terms and provide reinforcement of learning. Compelling watercolored character-driven illustrations bring to life the metaphors of the text. A last page glossary of terms further clarifies the text. A Hektoen Journal article about the book can be found here.