Graphic Medicine Events and Exhibits at Dana

This spring, Dana Medical Library hosted a series of events and exhibits that explored the writing genre called “Graphic Medicine”. Graphic Medicine, coined by Dr. Ian Williams, is “the intersection of the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare”. Williams believes that graphic medicine can assist medical professionals by effectively relating patient or caregiver experience and playing a role in the discussion of difficult subject matters. It can be a means of healing from trauma.

Exhibit: Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative

Graphic Medicine Homepage

Currently on display in Dana’s exhibit cases, Graphic Medicine as Medical Narrative explores why this is an important medium of expression for authors and medical professionals alike. It looks at why graphic medicine is so effective with the use of comics and the combination of image and text to convey perspective. The exhibit also points out some great graphic medicine books to pick up, including a few written by acclaimed Vermont authors.

NLM Exhibition: Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!


Courtesy of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dana also hosted the traveling exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! from March 4th to April 13th. Made up of 6 free-standing panels, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal stories of illness and health through the medium of comics. Showcasing items from the National Library of Medicine’s growing collection of graphic memoirs, the stories depict people’s experiences with an array of health issues, from breast cancer and deafness to mental illness and HIV/AIDS.” (This exhibition was produced by the US National Library of Medicine.)

Talk: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine Author Rachel Lindsay

On April 4th, Dana presented A Conversation with Graphic Medicine Author Rachel Lindsay: Reclaiming Patient Narrative in Graphic Medicine. “Rachel Lindsay [discussed] the creation of her book Rx: A Graphic Memoir, which chronicles her experience advertising psychopharmaceuticals as a bipolar person, and subsequent involuntary hospitalization for mania. A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about her work at Harvard Medical School, Columbia University, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among others. Based in Burlington, she is also the cartoonist of Rachel Lives Here Now, which runs weekly in Seven Days.” (Lindsay)

For more information about Dana’s Graphic Medicine events and exhibits, contact Kate Bright or Alice Stokes.

Dana Medical Library Hosts Exhibit on Health Disparities

book_between the world and meBetween the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book chosen as UVM’s 2022 First-Year Read, is the foundation for this exhibit, which explores ‘health and well-being’ and equities and disparities of America’s black population. The exhibit peels back the layers to look at the social determinants of health in a society: economic factors, health behaviors, health care, education, and environment, and offers data that points to the socioeconomic disparities that black Americans face and the subsequent health disparities that arise.

A higher percentage of black Americans live below the poverty line, face higher unemployment rates, and lower life expectancies than whites. The exhibit points to the racial inequalities associated with specific diseases and conditions such as rising U.S. maternal mortality rates (black women are dying at a rate 4x higher than white women).

What causes these disparities? What are federal, state, and local health organizations doing to address these issues? Stop by the library and learn more! Exhibit will be on display until February 2019.

Questions? Contact Dana Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health exhibit features UVM

GH Nursing Photo
Health Assessment, Manikganj, Bangladesh

Hundreds of library patrons had an opportunity to learn about global health activities at UVM over the Spring semester. Kate Bright and librarian colleagues at the Dana Medical Library mounted an exhibit focused on global health initiatives with the enthusiastic help of faculty and students throughout the University.

Each of the four panels of the exhibit case highlighted a different global health project, and all panels rotated their displays midway through the semester. The College of Medicine Ebola mission to Liberia and the School of Nursing public health nursing programs in Uganda and Bangladesh opened the exhibit in January. These projects were closely followed by exhibit panels featuring global health research in Anthropology, Women’s Healthcare in Uganda and Tanzania, and Physical Therapy Down Under.

In addition, the exhibit provided the Library with a wonderful opportunity to display many of its new books on global health as well as to remind patrons of the availability of the Global Health database in its collection. The closing of the Library exhibit coincided quite nicely with a celebration of World Health Day on April 7, 2016.

Please check Dana’s website for the January to March segment of Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health at UVM. Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

New NLM Exhibit on the History of Drugs and Addiction at Dana

Crack is Wack playground mural, Keith Haring, 1986. Courtesy Keith Haring Foundation and Jonathan Kuhn/New York City Parks & Recreation

In May and June, The Dana Medical Library will host the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions.

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

VT Medical Libraries: Partner for Health at Blueprint Conference

vt-blueprint-for-health-conf-002new“What are your unmet health information needs?” librarian exhibitors asked at the Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference, on March 9 at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. Public health professionals among others wanted to know how they could obtain full-text journal articles if they are not affiliated with UVM. The Dana Medical Library exhibit, presented in cooperation with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-New England Region, provided answers that highlighted the Library’s Health Research Affiliates Program, and the services of eight hospital libraries throughout Vermont. Free resources such as and the Vermont Go Local health services referral database were also featured. Marianne Burke, MLS, UVM Dana Library, and Claire LaForce, MLS, UVM and Rutland Regional Medical Center, were the exhibitors.

For more information about VT Blueprint for Health, go to:

Book Display for Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lecture

Bruce A. Gibbard, MD

The Dana Medical Library is happy to display a set of books donated in support of the Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lectureship Program, to be held Friday, April 10 at the Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen/UVM.

The featured speaker this year is Eve Caligor, MD, who will present An Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Eve Caligor, M.D. is an experienced clinician and researcher, an award-winning teacher, and a widely recognized lecturer about psychoanalytic technique who lives and works in New York City. Dr. Caligor is Training and Supervising analyst and Senior Associate Director for Psychotherapy Training and Research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also the Associate Director of Residency Training at New York University School of Medicine. She has participated in and designed research trials with Otto Kernberg’s group at Cornell’s Personality Disorders Institute. She directs the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at Columbia and has been involved with designing curricula in psychoanalytic ideas nationally. Dr. Caligor is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

The following titles have been generously donated to the Library:

Jeremy Holmes, Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.

Arnold Modell, Other Times, Other Realities: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Treatment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Wilma Bucci, Psychoanalysis & Cognitive Science: A Multiple Code Theory. NY: Guilford Press, 1997.

Eve Caligor, Otto Kernberg, and John Clarkin, Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2007.

For more information about the lecture, contact Brooke Barss, UVM Gibbard Committee Chair, at 951-9101 or

From Adenoids to Zoonomia: A New Exhibit at Dana

From Adenoids to Zoonomia: Selections from Dana’s Medical History Collection is now on view in the Dana Medical Library’s exhibit case. This exhibit features instruments and books from the Medical History Collection.

med-history-exhibit-0101Dana’s Medical History Collection contains many fine examples of medical instruments, including these curettes and forceps used to remove the adenoids, ca. 1850s-1900.

The Medical History Collection focuses on Vermont medical Many midwives have practiced in Vermont over the years, and pictured here are several examples of textbooks on midwifery from the mid to late 1800s. The pelvimeter pictured at right was created around 1899.

Phrenology is the pseudo-science of determining a person’s personality traits by studying the bumps and fissures on his or her skull. Popular in the 19th century, many textbooks and monographs have been written on the subject, including those pictured here.


med-history-exhibit-008Zoonomia was Erasmus Darwin’s [Charles Darwin’s grandfather] most important work containing a system of pathology, and a treatise on “generation” which foreshadowed his grandson’s theory of evolution. The Medical History Collection at Dana has a copy of the 3rd American edition of this 2 volume work from 1803 [pictured left].

From Adenoids to Zoonomia: Selections from Dana’s Medical History Collection will be on exhibit through April. For more information about the Library’s Medical History Collection, see