Nita Chen, MD, Movement Disorders Fellow at the Normal Fixel Institute for Neurological Disease, contributes to this piece of graphic medicine as a former editor-in-training, editor, columnist, and featured artist for our print book-in-training: Stories of doctors of tomorrow, Volume 2.
2020 has been a tough year for all of us (and 2021, and 2022…), but it brought me closer to medical humanities. The pandemic was the reason I started writing.
Fully grasping the breadth of the medical humanities is simply not possible. In fact, it’s all too easy for the medical community not to appreciate all the ways in which the humanities not only complement, but enhance medicine. Medicine – such a biological and chemical field – is often associated with much more rigidity than where the humanities allow the mind to go.