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Graphic Medicine

A selection of comic-style stories about health, medicine, sickness, and science.

What is Graphic Medicine?

Overwhelmed Doodle of a Girl With a Thought Bubble Containing Pills and Angry Looking People

Graphic Medicine Manifesto

Interested in learning more about Graphic Medicine?

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 The volume combines scholarly essays by members of the editorial team with previously unpublished visual narratives by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, and it includes arresting visual work from a wide range of graphic medicine practitioners.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.

Borrowing Graphic Novels at OHSU Library

How to borrow graphic novels:

The Graphic Medicine collection is housed on the 3rd floor of BICC Library and items can be checked out during operating hours at the Service Desk. Books can be placed on hold using the library search function, either by searching for specific titles or browsing the listed in the online Graphic Medicine collection

After Hours Pickup Lockers are available at both the BICC and RLSB for those unable to make it into the library during operating hours. Those interested can respond directly to the email notification received once a request becomes available or send an email to to have a staff member set up a locker.

Some graphic novels are also available in eBook format and can be accessed through the library catalog by signing-in with a network account. For further details about eBooks, please consult the eBooks @ OHSU Library guide.