The National Library of Medicine has announced the new traveling banner exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!, made available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country beginning January 30. An online adaptation of the exhibit will be available worldwide, also on January 30. The online adaptation of Graphic Medicine includes an Education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module. The traveling exhibition of Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn! will be visiting 50 sites across the country over the next four years. Visit the Traveling Exhibition Services website to see the tour itinerary and find this exhibition near you.
Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn! explores the meaning of an emerging genre of medical literature that combines the art of comics and personal illness narrative. This approach can reveal the emotional power of these illness narratives and the clinical data they often involve. As a way of understanding illness and health care, these stories can be essential to effective treatment, healing, and understanding. Artist, educator, and New York Times bestselling author Ellen Forney guest curated the exhibition, which acknowledges and celebrates the NLM’s newly-acquired collection of graphic medicine publications. The exhibition offers a definition of graphic medicine and a primer on reading comics; explores patient and caregiver memoirs, and stories about navigating the health care system; and explains the presentation of understandable health data through infographics. A posting in NLM’s Circulating Now blog presents pictorial highlights of the exhibition.
Public Program on March 1
Complementing Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!, NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will host a Conversation about Graphic Medicine, a special public program which will address the place of graphic medicine within medical literature and the landscape of personal health communication in the 21st century. Dr. Brennan will be in conversation with the project’s guest curator, Ms. Forney; Dr. Michael Green, a physician, bioethicist, and professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine at Penn State University where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics, and has co-authored articles and publications about Graphic Medicine; and MK Czerwiec, a nurse, Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving, a senior fellow at the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, co-manager of GraphicMedicine.org and author of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. This public program will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 11:00am to 12:30pm in the NLM’s Lister Hill Center Auditorium. It will be available to the world via NIH VideoCasting.