'Graphic medicine’: how autobiographical comics artists are changing our understanding of illness

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Abstract

Images have acted as crucial diagnostic tools since the late 20th century. Sophisticated technologies, such as X-Rays and MRIs, offer doctors a precise “picture” of illness. But autobiographical comics about illness, known as “graphic medicine”, provide a different picture. This article aims to explore the historical and contemporary connections between acts of drawing and the representation of illness.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Graphic Medicine
  • Comics and Graphic Narrative
  • Illness Experiences
  • Life Writing
  • Digital Age
  • healthcare
  • cartoons

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