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Kovan, Sarah B. and Derek R. Soled. "A Disembodied Dementia: Graphic medicine and illness narratives." Journal of Medical Humanities 44. (2023): 227–44. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-022-09766-x
BibTeX citation key: Kovan2023
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Keywords: "Aliceheimer’s", "Arrugas", "Tangles", Body, Canada, Illness, Leavitt. Sarah, Medicine, Roca. Paco, Spain (country), USA, Walrath. Dana
Creators: Kovan, Soled
Collection: Journal of Medical Humanities
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The dominant discourse on dementia promotes a view that as individuals progress with the disease, they experience a neurological decline causing a loss of self. This notion, grounded in a Cartesian representation of selfhood, associates a loss of self as directly related to cognition. This paper presents an alternative anthropological framework, embodied selfhood, that challenges this representation. It then examines a potential tool, graphic medicine, to translate this theory into caregiving practice. Through analyzing three graphic novels—Wrinkles, Tangles, and Aliceheimer’s—this paper demonstrates how tension exists between different conceptions of selfhood and associated implications for caregivers and patients alike.
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