guest review by Northwestern Medical Student Samantha Estevez, Chicago, IL Cancer. It is a word that holds an incredible amount of power and immediately conveys a strong message to those who encounter it. We all know someone who has come face-to-face with this word: a relative, a friend, a coworker, or even you. To many, cancer is not just a word or a diagnosis, it is a death sentence. Whether that death is literal in that a person is unable to overcome the mutated cells overtaking their body or whether it is a figurative death of one’s life prior… Read More
Exploring Graphic Pathographies in the Medical Humanities by Maria Vaccarella Med Humanities 2013;39:70-71 doi:10.1136/medhum-2012-010209
The second keynote address in this brief podcast series is by Mom’s Cancer creator Brian Fies. He gave this talk at the recent “Medical Examinations: Art, Story, Theory” conference at the University of California, Riverside. You can read Brian’s blog write up of the conference as well as enjoy his keynote address here. Brian is introduced by conference organizer Juliette McMullin. Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below.
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. This Toronto conference panel is moderated by Ian Williams. Managing difference through graphic cancer narratives, Juliet McMullin, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside A common refrain in cancer disparities research states that while cancer mortality rates have dramatically decreased over the past decade, these gains have not accrued evenly across populations. Yet, there is little surprise in the findings of difference in cancer mortality rates. Cancer has always been about difference; difference in cells, in… Read More
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. The tales we tell are just as important as the facts and figures we learn. Stories help us try on different possibilities to see how they fit. They tell us where we came from and how we got here. They tell us what to appreciate, what to avoid, and what aspire to. The best stories pass on yesterday’s truths and take on new meanings for today.” -Brian Fies, in Whatever Happened to the World of… Read More