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Health Humanities

Applying the knowledge and methodologies of the humanities, social sciences, and arts to the practice of medicine.

What is Graphic Medicine?

In short, Graphic Medicine is ‘[t]he intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare’ (Dr. Ian Williams, founder of



Excerpt from The Bad Doctor, by Ian Williams


Graphic Medicine blends comics with dialogues about health care and medicine. Works of Graphic Medicine might be memoirs told from the patient perspective, or they might be fictional stories that illuminate critical aspects of health care and medicine. The goal is to center the human experience and ask questions that might be difficult to address using text alone. Research has demonstrated that Graphic Medicine has the potential to increase empathy and improve communication between health care professionals and the patients they serve.

Getting Started

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