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This is a guide to understand Graphic Medicine, where to find graphic novels and comics, as well as how to read comics.
The homepage provides definitions and the benefits of reading and creating Graphic Medicine
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The most basic definition of "Graphic Medicine" is "use of comics in medical education and patient care", according the the term's originator Dr. Ian Williams (n.d.). More specifically, Graphic Medicine is a term that "denote[s] the role that comics can play in the study and delivery of healthcare" (Williams, n.d.). It is important to note that in the term's usage "graphic" suggests visual imagery rather than explicit content. Additionally, this term can be broadly applied to works created by patients or healthcare providers.
Why Read or Create Graphic Medicine?
Graphic Medicine for Patients, Caregivers, and the Public
reduces stigma around illness
create safe space to express criticism of healthcare
allows for health literacy and illustrated informed consent
helps build community and a sense of connection
Graphic Medicine for Health Professionals
fosters empathy for the patient and caregiver perspective
create a safe space to express criticism of healthcare
provides a means of effective patient out reach and communication
allows health professionals space for reflection and meaning-making
provides a way to relieve stress
What Makes Comics, as a Medium, Unique?
combine narrative with art
provide emotional connection and impact
can express an alternate viewpoint
(Houk & Pomoutius, 2020)
Read more about graphic novels and "How to read a comic" here
Houk, K., & Pomoutius, A. (2020). Drawn to graphic medicine: Bringing comics into medical librarianship [Webinar]. Medical Library Association.