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Preview of a four panel comic in black and white with a blue accent tone.
Blinkered codes. © Ian Williams for Wellcome Collection.

With the NHS under pressure it is easy to see doctors (if you can actually get to see one…) as the detatched and privileged functionaries of a rather unwieldly and overloaded system. It is easy to forget that these individuals have their own histories of illness, trauma or emotional pain, as well as their own idiosyncrasies and blind spots, and that they are working, under trying conditions, within a framework designed by politicians, using computer software that can perpetuate stigma and social inequality. You don’t have to pity them, just understand why they are what they are. 

About the artist

Black and white head-shot of comic artist Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Dr Ian Williams is a comics artist, writer and doctor who lives in Brighton. His work includes two graphic novels, ‘The Bad Doctor‘ and ‘The Lady Doctor‘, and ‘The Sick Doctor’ will be published in 2022. He named the area of study called graphic medicine, building the eponymous website in 2007, which he currently co-edits. He is founder of the not-for-profit Graphic Medicine International Collective and co-author of the Eisner-nominated ‘Graphic Medicine Manifesto‘.