‘Graphic Medicine’: Autobiographical Comics Help Understand Illness

Comics and images known as “graphic medicine” are a way for artists to express  their experiences of suffering an illness, undergoing treatment or taking on caring responsibilities. They inject a human element into medical spaces and push back against data-driven representations of the human condition. These comics appear in print media, have various websites dedicated to them and are also prevalent on social media.

Today on the Friday Daily, Sean spoke to Dr Benjamin Nickl from the University of Sydney about what graphic medicine is and how it helps us understand lived experiences of illness.

For examples of this artform, visit the Graphic Medicine website.

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