MK Czerwiec is a nurse who makes comics. MK has a Masters degree in medical humanities from Northwestern University, where she developed and teaches a seminar to medical students called “Drawing Medicine.” With Ian Williams, a doctor in the UK who also makes comics, MK co-runs GraphicMedicine.org, a website that looks at the intersection between comics and the discourse of medicine.
In this podcast, MK Czerwiec talks with Helen Osborne about:
- How comics use sequential art to tell about health, illness, and medicine.
- Why comics are effective and how they transcend differences in culture, language, and educational level.
- What listeners can do to find, create, use, and learn more about comics in medicine.
Ways to Learn More:
- See MK’s comics and learn more about her work, at www.comicnurse.com.
- Explore the interaction between comics and medicine, at www.Graphicmedicine.org.
- Marchetto M, (2007), “Cancer Vixen.” Reviewed at http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-reviews/cancer-vixen/
- Leavitt S (2012), “Tangles: A Story of Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me.” Reviewed at http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-reviews/tangles/
- “Iggy and the Inhalers,” Booster Shot Comics. Learn more at http://boostershotcomics.com
- Green MJ, Myers KR, “Graphic medicine: Use of comics in medical education and patient care.” BMJ 2010; 340:c863. Analysis at http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c863
- Osborne H (2008), “Using Comics to Communicate Your Health Message,” On Call magazine. At http://healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=7921
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 14, 17, 31, 32, 38, 40.