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Graphic Medicine

What is Graphic Medicine?

"Graphic medicine is the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare" (Graphic Medicine Manifesto, 2015).

Basically, it's the use of comics to explore issues in healthcare. The term "graphic" in the name refers to the use of visual imagery, not explicit content. 

Graphic medicine comics are often book-length memoirs of illness created by the person experiencing the illness, also called graphic pathographies. Some are created from the physician/provider and family/caregiver points of view. Still others are used for patient communication (especially in the area of public health) and for instructional purposes to educate readers about body systems and diseases in a unique way. Most importantly, graphic medicine gives voice to those who are not heard.

Plus, it's refreshing medium for reading when you are used to high-jargon, text-heavy journal articles!

*Anything that affects a person's mental or physical health can be expressed through graphic medicine.*

Click on the tabs on the left for more, and please read the graphic below, as it's the cornerstone of graphic medicine.

Definition of graphic medicine from the Graphic Medicine Manifesto

MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, Scott T. Smith. Graphic Medicine Manifesto. Penn State University Press; 2015.

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The collection we show on these pages is a small sampling of an ever-growing body of graphic medicine work. We encourage you to seek out and hear a diversity of voices by discovering new authors/creators and titles in a variety of genres. The following are some websites that will help you do that. They collect information on medical-related comics and often provide reviews.

Graphic Medicine as Topic