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Graphic Medicine & Comics in Healthcare

"Graphic Medicine" refers to the use of comics and related visual communication literacies for communication and storytelling in healthcare and the life sciences.

Graphic Medicine Starter Kit: Books

Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Cover)

Graphic medicine manifesto, by MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith.

Taking Turns (Cover)

MK Czerwiec. Taking Turns, Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371

The Bad Doctor (Cover)

Ian Williams. The Bad Doctor, The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James

The Walking Med (Cover)

The Walking Med, Zombies and the Medical Image. Edited by Lorenzo Servitje and Sherryl Vint, Foreword by Steven C. Schlozman

More from the Graphic Medicine Book Series  are available directly from Penn State University Press

Graphic Medicine Starter Kit: Articles

Al-Jawad MComics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice. J Med Humanit. 2015 Dec;36(4):369-74. doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9205-0.

Anderson PF, Wescom E, Carlos RC. Difficult Doctors, Difficult Patients: Building Empathy. JACR Dec 2016 31(12b):1590-1598. 

Branscum P, Sharma M, Wang LL, Wilson BR, Rojas-Guyler L. A true challenge for any superhero: an evaluation of a comic book obesity prevention program. Fam Community Health 2013; 36:63–76.

Comic assent/informed consent for biobanking is accessible: Riding the graphic novel trend. AHC Media March 1, 2015. 

Delp C, Jones J. Communicating information to patients: the use of cartoon illustrations to improve comprehension of instructions. Acad Emerg Med 1996; 3:264–270.

Farthing A, Priego E. Data from ‘Graphic Medicine’ as a Mental Health Information Resource: Insights from Comics Producers. Journal of Open Health Data, 4(1), e3. 

​Furuno Y, Sasajima HMedical Comics as Tools to Aid in Obtaining Informed Consent for Stroke CareMedicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jul;94(26):e1077. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000001077.

Gessell PGuru of graphic medicineCMAJ. 2016 Apr 4. pii: cmaj.160027. 

Glazer SGraphic medicine: comics turn a critical eye on health careHastings Cent Rep. 2015 May-Jun;45(3):15-9. doi: 10.1002/hast.445.

Goldenberg MD. Comics: A step toward the future of medicine and medical education? Ear Nose Throat Journal June 14, 2016 95(6):204-205.

Green MJ. Comics and medicine: peering into the process of professional identity formation. Acad Med. 2015 Jun;90(6):774-9. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000703.

Green MJ. Teaching with comics: a course for fourth-year medical students. J Med Humanit 2013 Dec;34(4):471-6. doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9245-5.

Green MJ, Myers KR. Graphic medicine: use of comics in medical education and patient careBMJ. 2010 Mar 3;340:c863. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c863.

Kester S. ​Toronto artist using comics to educate women about birth control methods. The Globe and Mail Apr 05, 2017 11:02AM EDT.

Kim J, Chung MS, Jang HG, Chung BS. The use of educational comics in learning anatomy among multiple student groups. Anatomical Sciences Education January/February 2017 10(1):79–86. 

McMullin JCancer and the Comics: Graphic Narratives and Biolegitimate LivesMed Anthropol Q. 2014 Nov 18. doi: 10.1111/maq.12172. 

McNicol SHumanising illness: presenting health information in educational comicsMed Humanit. 2014 Jun;40(1):49-55. doi: 10.1136/medhum-2013-010469

Moll JM, Wright V, Jeffrey MR, Goode JD, Humberstone PM. The cartoon in doctor-patient communication. Further study of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council handbook on gout. Ann Rheum Dis 1977; 36:225–231.

Priego E. Adapting Dementia Care Best Practice Data into Comics: Enhancing Impact Through Graphic Medicine

Priego E, Farthing, A. ‘Graphic Medicine’ as a Mental Health Information Resource: Insights from Comics Producers. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 2016 6:3. 

Squier SMGraphic medicine in the universityHastings Cent Rep. 2015 May-Jun;45(3):19-22. doi: 10.1002/hast.446.

Williams ICGraphic medicine: comics as medical narrativeMed Humanit. 2012 Jun;38(1):21-7. doi: 10.1136/medhum-2011-010093Epub 2012 Jan 25.