Yesterday, I stumbled upon this article featuring “Neurocomic;” a graphic novel that uses whimsical black and white drawings to explain the inner workings of the brain. Delving deep into the anatomical nitty gritty can be a bit overwhelming for this naturally right-brained gal, so I found this innovative partnership between a scientist and an artist very exciting. Multi-disciplinary work like Neurocomic paves the way for a general re-imagination of how health-related information is given to the public. There is a disconnect between the knowledge of physicians and the public’s ability to process and utilize that knowledge in their daily lives. By working together, the creative sector can be the translator, the link that connects patients to the information, or the art itself can be an outlet for processing the emotional ramifications of illness or caregiving. Perhaps more importantly, it creates an opening for a sense of lightness and play; two things that are seldom found in the dark corridors of failing health, but so sorely needed.
I’ll leave you with Neurocomic’s lovely trailer and a quote I found on the blog, “Creativity in Healthcare:”
“When I come to the hospital for an appointment, I leave the doctor’s office with nothing. I have no idea what the diagnosis will be, or when I know, if I will live. I’m not me, I’m nobody, I am my illness. I’m nothing. Then I see the artwork and I walk down the gallery. I start to feel again…I am back. I am myself again. I have an identity, I have a life. That’s what your galleries do for me. I want you to know what they have meant for me.” (oncology patient at U. of Michigan)