"Comics demonstrate the illness experience and the doctor-patient relationship." There are a selection of comics that present useful snapshots of the behaviour of patients and doctors. There are biological, psychological and social factors influencing how we experience illness and how we relate to our healthcare providers. Comics are a tool to reflect on this entirety of an individual's illness experience. Such reflection is useful to doctors when the relationship between doctor and patient goes awry. This review uses comics to provide insight on how to manage such impaired relationships.
Adam Mollinger is a doctor who has worked in general hospitals, forensic units and outpatient clinics across Australia. He has attained a Masters of Psychiatric Medicine. He is currently completing specialist qualifications in consultation-liaison psychiatry. He is interested in the interface between physical health and mental health.