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Narrative Medicine Rounds: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine


Feb 06, 2019 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY

For our first Narrative Medicine Rounds in 2019, 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. The Comics Reporter named her a “Cartoonist to Watch” 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.



Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay, Author of "RX: A Graphic Memoir"