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Comic books have something to teach future doctors

Comic books have something to teach future doctors | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Toronto are using graphic novels in medical classrooms to teach future doctors about humanizing illness.

 

In addition to the stalwart Manual of Clinical Oncology, medical students may soon see the comic book Cancer Vixen: A True Story on their required reading list.

 

Researchers are using graphic novels as a teaching tool to communicate the ethical and emotional complexities of illness, disease and trauma to medical students.

 

With their self-effacing protagonists and cutting black humour, graphic novels often capture the reality of being sick, or knowing a loved one who is, better than dry textbooks and earnest self-help memoirs.

 

“Cartoons and comics were dismissed as a trivial medium, but we realize now they are extremely sophisticated,” says Allan Peterkin, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. “It’s about that interplay between the words and the text. You’re using different parts of the brain to read carefully, just as you’re doing to diagnose in the clinic.”

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5 Ways to Instantly Connect With Doctors

5 Ways to Instantly Connect With Doctors | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

New mobile health apps are springing up to save the day — connecting doctors on standby with patients who need them the most.

 

We’ve rounded up five medical apps and websites that connect users directly to doctors. With tele-health apps, patients can call, text or privately message licensed physicians online for immediate help. Patients have an instant connection to knowledgable specialists. This industry won’t replace primary care physicians, but it will come in handy when sudden sickness strikes.

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