Of cornopleezeepi and party poopers: A brief history of physicians in comics

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Abstract

The representations of physicians and medical practice found in comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels throughout the past century reflect broader representational trends in popular visual media. Drawing on examples including Winsor McCay’s Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, the superhero comics character Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, and contemporary graphic medicine, this article outlines the shifting models for depicting physicians and medical ethics in comics. It concludes that contemporary representations are often more realistic and nuanced, although gender and racial diversity along with diversity in medical specializations remains problematic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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