Graphic Medicine Manifesto by MK CzerwiecGraphic Medicine Manifesto by MK Czerwiec

Graphic Medicine Manifesto

byMK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squier

Paperback | April 22, 2015

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This inaugural volume in the Graphic Medicine series establishes the principles of graphic medicine and begins to map the field. The volume combines scholarly essays by members of the editorial team with previously unpublished visual narratives by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, and it includes arresting visual work from a wide range of graphic medicine practitioners. The book’s first section, featuring essays by Scott Smith and Susan Squier, argues that as a new area of scholarship, research on graphic medicine has the potential to challenge the conventional boundaries of academic disciplines, raise questions about their foundations, and reinvigorate literary scholarship—and the notion of the literary text—for a broader audience. The second section, incorporating essays by Michael Green and Kimberly Myers, demonstrates that graphic medicine narratives can engage members of the health professions with literary and visual representations and symbolic practices that offer patients, family members, physicians, and other caregivers new ways to experience and work with the complex challenges of the medical experience. The final section, by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, focuses on the practice of creating graphic narratives, iconography, drawing as a social practice, and the nature of comics as visual rhetoric. A conclusion (in comics form) testifies to the diverse and growing graphic medicine community. Two valuable bibliographies guide readers to comics and scholarly works relevant to the field.

MK Czerwiec is a nurse and comics artist. She is the artist-in-residence at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.Ian Williams is a visual artist and illustrator, a medical doctor, and an independent humanities scholar. His most recent book is The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James.Susan Merrill S...
Title:Graphic Medicine ManifestoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 8.02 × 0.49 inPublished:April 22, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271066490

ISBN - 13:9780271066493

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Table of Contents



MK Czerwiec and Ian Williams

1 Who Gets to Speak? The Making of Comics Scholarship

Scott T. Smith

Excerpt from Swallow Me Whole, by Nate Powell

2 The Uses of Graphic Medicine for Engaged Scholarship

Susan Merrill Squier

“Bad Blastocyst,” by Ruben Bolling

Excerpts from I Am Not These Feet, by Kaisa Leka

Excerpts from “Where Babies Come From: A Miracle Explained,” by Ann Starr

3 Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narrative: The Use of Graphic Novels in Medical Education

Michael J. Green

Excerpt from The Infinite Wait, by Julia Wertz

4 Graphic Pathography in the Classroom and the Clinic: A Case Study

Kimberly R. Myers

Vita Perseverat (Life Goes On), by Ashley L. Pistorio

5 Comics and the Iconography of Illness

Ian Williams

Excerpt from The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

6 The Crayon Revolution

MK Czerwiec

Excerpt from Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, by Miriam Engelberg

Excerpt from Old Person Whisperer, by Muna Al-Jawad


MK Czerwiec and Ian Williams


Selected Bibliography

Comics Bibliography

Author Biographies and Acknowledgments


Editorial Reviews

“Something remarkable and game changing is being sparked by the alliance between comics and medicine. It’s becoming clear that these graphic narratives can deepen understanding, not only of facts but of feelings, between patients, families, and professionals. A spoonful of comics really does help the medicine go down.”

—Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die