Beyond Nescience: the intersectional insights of health humanities

  title={Beyond Nescience: the intersectional insights of health humanities},
  author={Susan Merrill Squier},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={334 - 347}
  • S. Squier
  • Published 24 July 2007
  • Art
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Through a comparison of two graphic novels concerned with the experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment, Brian Fies's Mom's Cancer (2006) and Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner's Our Cancer Year (1994), this essay suggests some of the strengths and limitations of the medical humanities in responding to the experience of illness. It demonstrates how the graphic medium enables us to generate a new set of reading strategies and thus to articulate a more complex and powerful analysis of illness… 
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