Illustrated Books Chronicle Health & The Human Body in a “Digestible” New Way
From birth, as parents can certainly attest, our bodies are full of mysteries and surprises. Our bodies leak, ache, and break. Life can simply be unpredictable at any turn and since we have an exterior of soft tissue, we’re not exactly impervious to both minor and significant health risks.
When uncertainty builds or an issue arises, we rely on healthcare professionals to provide care and guidance. Unfortunately, this process can feel convoluted and intimidating. As taking care of ourselves and surprise ailments are just a natural part of life, there’s a major need to feel informed on how best to maintain our health.
Author, Joseph H. Talbet, co-author, Josie Z. Fazzino, Illustrator, Natalia Meizer, Medical Student, Michelle A. Chen, and a host of other medical experts came together to address the issue of accessibility of healthcare resources. Especially resources that are targeted to a more general audience. That was a huge motivator for their collection of novels that all fall under the main title – The Illustrated Book Of Medicine.
Healthcare and medicine should be less of an enigma and a mystery because we are more powerful and healthier when we can self-advocate and make informed choices.
The Power of Visual Learning
A significant inspiration for The Illustrated Book of Medicine series was the visual flair that the author, Joseph H. Talbot, utilized in his notes he took for med school. Joseph’s exceptional penmanship and visually captivating notes naturally helped him pickup complex materials. His classmates noticed the difference in their ability to comprehend lectures with their standard notations, and eventually adopted Joseph’s more visual approach to taking notes.
This really resonated with Joseph at the time and was something he never forgot. If medical students could benefit from artful notes, why wouldn’t artistic illustrations help others comprehend the intricate and involved world of medicine? While these books are informed by the authors’ experiences in medical training, they are not just meant for aspiring MDs. Nor are these illustrated books meant solely for kids.
Everyone who isn’t a seasoned medical expert could stand to benefit from the visual lessons found in these books, especially the majority of people who are considered “visual learners”.
There are three core learning styles that people favor to best process and retain information – 1) Visual learners 2) Verbal learners 3) Experiential learners. Visual learners make up around 65% of the population, verbal learners 30%, and the remaining 5% are experiential learners (Social Science Research Network).
When we think about healthcare and medical information sharing, so much of it is done verbally. From classroom lectures to doctor’s appointments, a majority of this highly important and complicated information is spoken quickly and then not repeated. This approach to information sharing is only going to resonate with 30% of the population. That’s simply unacceptable.
The Illustrated Book Of Medicine collection offers interactive workbooks that can be read aloud to appeal to every person’s learning preference. This makes these books extremely effective in teaching people important health and medical lessons in a fun and engaging way.
4 Reasons an Illustrated Book of Medicine Just Makes Sense
When things tend to get more serious and complex, we’re often conditioned to assume that the harder route towards comprehension is automatically the more effective and practical way to go. This is just simply not the case. If you spend hours and hours reading through medical journals and not understanding the material, you’re no better off than if you started with a simpler concept and worked your way up. You may also find that reading may not be your best way to truly grasp a particular concept.
Reframe the way you think about healthcare to treat the learning process as one of sensibility and intuition. If you find that approaching medicine through YouTube videos resonates with your personality, continue to inform yourself that way. The more confident you are as a learner, the more relaxed you are to take in both the macro and micro connections of each concept and how they apply to the greater whole of what you are learning. This is why illustration is such an ideal medium for healthcare education. Effective illustrative medical resources make sense because:
1) We Deserve to Feel Informed
Whether these books are used to educate children about the medical field and healthcare, or adults, it can help readers feel confident to take preemptive and proactive measures to monitor their health and choose healthier habits. Complicated and jargony terminology should not stand in the way of people feeling informed on health and wellness best practices.
2) Traditional Health Education isn’t Always Helpful
What we learn in school – even in college – can be a “scholarly” dilution of what we need to know. Not every syllabi is designed to help us comprehend and retain information on how to prevent issues, troubleshoot and solve health concerns, or understand the underlying causes and impacts of our choices. At least not in the most optimal way for our learning preferences.
3) Researching Issues Can Be Dangerous Without Context
When we do have a health issue, we explore the internet or journals or books – which is great. The internet provides all kinds of information and there are lots of great books too. The democratization of information online, though, can lead to misinformation and bad advice, or just unclear descriptions of what you need to know. These illustrated books can be an ideal entry point to these topics, and may be the only insight you need to comfortably comprehend a given condition.
4) Existing Medical Illustrations Lack Clarity
Even in areas where diagrams are available for a specific issue, they still rely on us understanding all the parts of what’s labeled and how they work together. That doesn’t really help if you don’t know what the pancreas does or how it interacts with the gallbladder, etc.
A Unique Approach Empowers Medical Providers and Patients
The conversation about bodies and health can be enhanced and supplemented by quality illustrations and informed, narrative storytelling. Unfortunately, in most doctor’s offices, there simply isn’t the time to get every patient up to speed. An illustrated field guide to one’s own body and health would significantly improve this conversation — equipping the patient with language and understanding to use when going into an appointment, and doctors with resources that their patients can digest and use.
Healthcare is one of those industries that is rife with gatekeeping of information. This just isn’t what’s best for the greater good of our communities. The more accessible we make healthcare education, the more empowered our friends, family, and neighbors become.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine collection shows just how approachable and comprehensible medical topics can be. From young children to adults, everyone should feel encouraged to learn how to take care of themselves, and how best to pursue
The Full Library of Illustrated Book of Medicine titles
As there are a seemingly endless amount of topics and concepts to cover in the vast expanse of medicine and health, there are quite a few titles attributed to the team of authors and illustrators at Illustrated Book of Medicine. Carefully review each one of these titles and consider which ones you or someone you know may benefit from:
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Sunscreens: We’re all just trying not to get burnt in life. Learn all about what formulates the sunscreens we put on our bodies, how effective they really are, and what happens when we SPForget to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – My Skeleton: Get to know your bones, what they are and where they are. Also, why do we have less bones as we get older?
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – My Heart: Everybody has a heart, and we all know we need to keep it pumping healthily. Get to know your heart’s anatomy, physiology, blood pressure, and the difference between hyper and hypotension.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – My Eyes: We’re all either wearing glasses or trying not to be. Either way, this book will help you learn how to keep your eyes protected and healthy.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Rona the Villain Virus: How can you explain a dangerous virus or global pandemic to a child? This book offers a perfectly friendly and informative way to educate your child and keep your family safe.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Me, my cells, and I: We can’t see them but we’re also made up entirely of them. It’s very meta. But this book does a great job of breaking down our bodies’ various cell types and functions.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Scars that Scar: This book dives into concepts of human perception, self-acceptance, adolescent friendships, and how we can own our stories to shape our lives.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Healthcare Superheroes: This book covers the importance of healthcare workers, why you shouldn’t be afraid to go to the doctor’s office, and provides a look into what a day looks like for various healthcare workers.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Rossi Bambini Corti: A deeper look into the role and lifecycle of a red blood cell.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Alphabet Anatomy: Great for kids, this book offers realistic and anatomically accurate images of a diverse set of body parts.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Botulinum Toxin: AKA, Botox. Do you want it? You should probably read through this in-depth illustrative guide to the relevant applications and potential complications of Botox.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Light at the end of the Tunnel: Now that we can see the light, look back at the chronicles of how New York City became the epicenter for one of the most lethal pandemics in human history and worked its way back to rolling out plans for re-opening.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – Junior: A great activity book to introduce initial concepts and terminologies to kids.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – The Making of Me: It’s time to talk about “changes”. The good, the bad, the reality of puberty, periods, pregnancy, prevention, and more.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – COVID Takes NYC: Where we’ve been and where we’re headed in this very short (and very long) pandemic period.
The Illustrated Book of Medicine – El Abecedario de Anatomia: The anatomy of the human body en Español. Accessibility requires inclusivity and representation.
If it Works, There’s no Wrong Way to Approach Healthcare Education
Whether you are looking for healthcare resources for yourself, your students, or a younger family member, just enjoy the process of learning something new and empowering yourself to make better decisions for your health. Watch for more releases from the talented team at The Illustrated Book of Medicine!