This book is a memoir (graphic memoir) based on the author's own experience working as a nurse in an HIV/AIDS care ward from 1994 to 2000, and includes testimonies from various stakeholders. It is an ambitious work that also has the aspect of a "graphic documentary" that is interwoven and produced. In Ward 371, which was established as a palliative care ward specializing in HIV/AIDS, daily life is unfolding with patients on the brink of death. It is also a valuable record of testimony in the 1990s when fear of AIDS caused panic. It will be interesting to read how the novice nurse felt and dealt with the end-of-life care when the patient in charge died in a few months to a few years. The title, "Taking Turns," has the meaning of "instead," but it expresses that anyone, including medical professionals, can be in the position of a patient. . The "graphic medicine" promoted by the author is an attempt to introduce manga into the medical field as a comprehensive concept and communication tool for medical care. The “turn” that tells stories about medicine and health through manga is also open to us, the readers.
Title: Taking Turns HIV/AIDS Care Ward 371 Story
Author: MK Cerwick
Translation: Kotaro Nakagaki, Maki Hamada
Publication year: 2022 1 Moon
Specifications: Standard bound / A5 size / 224 pages
(Excerpt from the website of Thousand Books)