U.S. National Institutes of Health

Graphic Medicine Manifesto, MK Czerwiec, Ian Williams, Susan Merrill Squire, Michael J. Green, Kimberly R. Myers, and Scott T. Smith, 2015

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Written by artists considered at the vanguard of graphic medicine, Graphic Medicine Manifesto contains scholarly essays that provide background on the genre, define the basic principles, and consider its storytelling power and potential to widen the scope of literary scholarship.

The first section places graphic medicine within an academic context, discussing research on the genre’s literary merits and multidisciplinary relevance. The second section explores how graphic medicine can improve health workers’ understanding of the patient experience. The third section delves into techniques, iconography, and the ways in which comics convey meaning.