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Reclaiming Patient Narrative through Graphic Medicine: A Talk by Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay, Author of “RX: A Graphic Memoir”

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


For our February 2019 Narrative Medicine Rounds,* we welcome Rachel Lindsay, a Vermont-based cartoonist and author of “RX: A Graphic Memoir”, a graphic novel about her experience advertising psychopharmaceuticals as a bipolar person, and subsequent involuntary hospitalization for mania. Alison Bechdel, author of “Fun Home” and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, says of the book, “With gallows humor and graphic energy that vibrates off the page, Rachel Lindsay shares the powerful story of her unraveling, and in the process, manages to knit herself back together again.”

A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about her work at Mount Sinai Hospital, Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, The University of Vermont, the California Institute for Integral Studies and more. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s American Studies program, where she created the first graphic novel thesis.

Her comic strip, “Rachel Lives Here Now,” about her life as a New York transplant in Vermont, appears weekly in Vermont’s statewide alternative newspaper, Seven Days. Her work has been featured in James Kochalka’s Superf*ckers Forever series; Evening Paper, a journal from the Center for Narrative Practice; the Seven Days Cartoon Issue; and issues 1 through 3 of the Maple Key Comics anthology. She was named a “Cartoonist to Watch” by the Comics Reporter in 2017.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are monthly rounds on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Medical Center. These events are free and open to the public.

*Due to technical issues, a podcast for this event is not available.


February 6
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics
Tel: 212.305.1952 | Fax: 212.305.9349


Open to public


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