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Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn

This is an online educational guide including resources and lesson plans that will help you integrate the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibition and program into your curriculum.



The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is pleased to present our traveling banner exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! Curated by cartoon artist Ellen Forney, the exhibition explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that uses comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. The language of words and pictures gives approachability and emotional impact to these personal stories, and even to the clinical data they sometimes include. “Graphic medicine is so effective for understanding clinical and emotional aspects of illness,” says Curator Ellen Forney. 


All events related to the exhibit are free and open to the public.

     Panel Presentation: Graphic Novels for Escape, Learning, and Memory‚Äč
     Wednesday, October 30, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
     Location: The Visualization Lab (2nd Floor), J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

This panel discussion will focus on the use of graphic novels for escapism, education, and personal experiences.


Bobby Campbell is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design.

Dr. Christine Davis is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and the coordinator of the Health Humanities minor.

Dr. Phillip Kaffen is an Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

Dr. Alan Rauch is a Professor of English in the Department of English.

Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and director of the Master of Public Health program.


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This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Lesson Plans

Discover lesson plans for grade levels 7-10 that can help you integrate the exhibit and the program into your curriculum, as well as course content that can be used in higher education.



Would you like to bring your high school class to view the exhibit and/or attend the programs?  
Would you like to discuss ideas for incorporating the exhibit and program into classes, including assignments, in-class activities and extra credit opportunities for program participation?  
Please contact Atkins Librarian Abby Moore to help coordinate your visit or to discuss ideas.

We need your feedback!  If you do incorporate the exhibit, program and/or lesson plans into your classes, please take a moment to share with us.