AMA Journal of Ethics. February 2018, Volume 20, Number 2: 195-196.
Images of Healing and Learning
The Crisis in Our Neighborhood
This comic on the opioid crisis, portraying patients’ humanity and physicians’ roles in harm reduction, won the 2017 Conley Art of Medicine Contest.
Artwork and caption by Jason Bitterman, MD
Editor’s Note: Jason Bitterman is the winner of the 2017 AMA Journal of Ethics Conley Art of Medicine Contest.
Ink and paper.
This comic represents various clinical and ethical dimensions of the skyrocketing incidence of opioid overdose. The comic also seeks to represent the humanity of patients struggling with addiction and to highlight the importance of clinicians’ roles in helping mitigate the harms of opioid dependence.
Jason Bitterman, MD, is a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Newark, New Jersey. His medical comics are published at www.bittermensch.com.
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