The Hospital Suite, John Porcellino, 2014
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The Hospital Suite is an autobiographical graphic novel that details cartoonist John Porcellino’s fight with a series of physical and mental health issues from the late 1990s to early 2000s.
Already suffering from a hearing disorder, Porcellino had emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor in his lower intestine. Post-surgery complications and a series of other illnesses led to increased anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms. Together, these issues created problems in his marriage and work life. Eventually, Porcellino began to feel better through medication, lifestyle modifications, and Buddhism.
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