My Graphic Medicine Journey (Part Two)

Referencing Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, the first part of this post discussed humanity’s predisposition towards metaphors of journey and quest, and the possible application (as well as troubling) of these metaphors, against my own experience of chronic illness, academia, and comics. The stage at which I left this post, The Supernatural Aid, is when a... Continue Reading →

The Unseen Trauma of Medical Illness

Bernard P. Chang In the aftermath of life-threatening events, such as heart attacks or strokes, many survivors are consumed by protracted medical evaluations, treatment regimens and lifestyle changes—all with the intention of reducing disease progression or the appearance of future medical events related to the initial bodily threat. The massive medical complex underlying our modern... Continue Reading →

Where are all the female doctors?

The Glass Ceiling in Health and Medicine In recent years, we have become far more aware of professional inequalities across cultures, ethnicities, and gender identities. Scholars and cultural critics have drawn attention to the gender disparity within the medical and health fields. In 2017, the number of female physicians in the United States hovers around... Continue Reading →

New Events: Week of November 5-11

To post a new event, write to aah2155[at]columbia.edu. Books, Health, and History New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St Nov 6: First Monday Tour. Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading... Continue Reading →

The Anti-Disability of Anti-Vaccination

During my final year of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, I was studying at a café and had with me Seth Mnookin’s controversial new book, The Panic Virus.[1]  While I was reading, I was approached by a woman who happened to be waiting for her order by my table. Intrigued by... Continue Reading →

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