The Life of the Body

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This week, students in Jen Hyde’s Life of the Body are reading the graphic novel The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Iwan James (a page of which appears above). Jen’s class has been paying attention to graphic novels, and poems, and theory, and popular journalism, and the way they can all come together in conversation with one another—if the reader is willing to do the hard work. The Bad Doctor is a pioneering book, it should be noted, the first graphic novel about medicine written by a health care professional—Dr. Iwan Williams, identified in the New York Times review of the book as “one of an international cadre of scholars and health care professionals whose enthusiasm for the graphic depiction of medicine is creating a new scholarly discipline.” A brand new field—right at home in our classrooms.

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