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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Ethics in Performance - 2011/12 series

Graphic Medicine at Work

A comic strip from 'graphic medicine at work' showing someone at a job interviewGraphic Medicine at Work

27 April 2012

6.00 pm

Chowen Lecture Theatre. BSMS Teaching Building

Presenting their comic works, Dr Muna Al Jawad (Consultant in Elderly Medicine, BSUH), Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me & You, 2011) and Nye Wright (Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park, 2012) reflected on how comics and graphic memoirs can be a vehicle to illustrate issues around health, illness, life, death and clinical practice . The presentation was followed by a Q&A session.

A group photo from Graphic Medicine: showing Nicola, Muna, and Aneurin standing in a group.

Nicola Streeten, Muna Al-Jawad, Nye Wright
[© Jane Stokes,]

Old People Whisperer

Dr Muna Al-Jawad works as a Consultant Geriatrician at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

She started drawing comics about 2 years ago. She sees comics as a qualitative research method, a way to explore difficult areas of practice.

Bobbie, Muna, and Sue standing in a group

Bobbie Farsides, Muna Al-Jawad, Sue Eckstein 
[© Jane Stokes,]

Billy, Me & You

Nicola Streeten's little boy, Billy, was two years old when he died following heart surgery for problems diagnosed only ten days earlier.

Thirteen years later, able finally to revisit a diary written at the time, Streeten begins translating her notes into a graphic novel. The result, a retrospective reflection from a 'healed' perspective and gut wrenchingly sad at moments, is an unforgettable portrayal of trauma and our reaction to it – and, especially, the humour or absurdity so often involved in our responses.

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Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park When You're 29 and Unemployed...

Nye Wright's graphic memoir is a powerful, superbly-drawn and deeply moving portrait of a young man coming to terms with his dying father, and with his own life, as he takes care of the old man in his final months.

Their daily schedule of pill counting and medical checks unfolds into an extraordinary world where the protagonist is a minotaur, his father a rhinoceros, social workers are sea turtles and mobile homes move atop gigantic elephants. Curious neighbours and medical and social care workers – whether man or beast – become their friends, and the family comes together once more. 

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