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Narrative Medicine Rounds: Take Two Cartoons and Call Me In The Morning


Sep 06, 2017 - 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

In the September installment of Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Rounds, “Take Two Cartoons and Call Me in the Morning: The Fact and Fiction of Funny and Heath,” Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor of The New Yorker and current humor and cartoon editor of Esquire, will speak about the intersection of the illness experience and humor and the ways each of these life-changing forces can transform the experience of health and healthcare.

An accomplished cartoonist, Mankoff has edited dozens of cartoon books and published four of his own. Over 950 of his cartoons have been published in The New Yorker over the past 20 years, including the best-selling New Yorker cartoon of all time: the harried businessman at his desk with a phone to his ear, reviewing his calendar and saying: “No, Thursday’s out. How about never—is never good for you?”)

Benjamin Schwartz, B.A., M.D. of Columbia University, will introduce Mankoff. A faculty member at Columbia University Medical Center, working with both the Departments of Surgery and Medicine, Schwartz’s work focuses on using visual storytelling techniques and the principles of Narrative Medicine to train expressive and empathetic physicians.

Narrative Medicine Rounds are lectures or readings presented by scholars, clinicians, or writers engaged in work at the intersection of narrative and health care. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring and Fall terms from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and are followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Students, staff, faculty, patients, friends, and interested others are warmly welcome to attend.


Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, Esquire

Benjamin Schwartz, B.A., M.D., faculty, Columbia University Medical Center