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Venkatesan, Sathyaraj and Sweetha Saji. "(Un)bridgeable Chasms? Doctor-patient interactions in select graphic medical narratives." Journal of Medical Humanities (2018). 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-018-9528-y
BibTeX citation key: Venkatesan2018c
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Keywords: "Janet & Me", "Mom’s Cancer", "My Degeneration", Communications, Dunlap-Shohl. Peter, Fies. Brian, Mack. Stan, Medicine
Creators: Saji, Venkatesan
Collection: Journal of Medical Humanities
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Effective doctor patient relationships are predicated on doctors’ relational engagement and affective/holistic communication with the patients. On the contrary, the contemporary healthcare and patient-clinician communication are at odds with the desirable professional goals, often resulting in dehumanization and demoralization of patients. Besides denigrating the moral agency of a patient such apathetic interactions and unprofessional approach also affect the treatment and well-being of the sufferer. Foregrounding multifaceted doctor-patient relationships, graphic pathographies are a significant cultural resource which recreate the embodied moment of clinical encounters as they also lay bare qualitative tensions between patient’s illness experience with doctor’s professional understanding of the same. Taking these cues, the present article drawing theoretical postulates of Rita Charon, Deborah Lupton, and Havi Carel close reads Peter Dunlap-Shohl’s My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s (2015), Brian Fies’ Mom’s Cancer (2006), and Stan Mack’Janet & Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss (2004) to investigate the nature of doctor-patient relationship vis-à-vis communication and the implications of bad doctoring/communicative practices on patient identity and emotionsFurthermore, the article also examines the aesthetic and functional role of comics in bringing into relief the graphically mediated doctor-patient relationship.

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