Taking Turns: Stories from Hiv/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Paperback)

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By Mk Czerwiec, Mk Czerwiec (Artist)
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Fear of contagion, isolated patients, a surge of overwhelming and unpreventable deaths, and the frontline healthcare workers who shouldered the responsibility of seeing us through a deadly epidemic: as we continue to confront the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, Taking Turns reminds us that we've been through this before. Only a few decades ago, the world faced another terrifying and deadly health crisis: HIV/AIDS.

Nurse MK Czerwiec began working at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center's HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 in the 1990s--a pivotal time in the history of AIDS. Deaths from the disease in the United States peaked in 1995 and then dropped drastically in the following years, with the release of effective drug treatments. In this graphic memoir, Czerwiec provides an insider's view of the lives of healthcare workers, patients, and loved ones from Unit 371. With humor, insight, and emotion, MK shows how the patients and staff cared for one another, how the sick faced their deaths, and how the survivors looked for hope in what seemed, at times, like a hopeless situation.

Drawn in a restrained, inviting style, Taking Turns is an open, honest look at suffering, grief, and resilience among a community of medical professionals and patients at the heart of the AIDS epidemic.

About the Author

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA, is Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern University's Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the cocurator of the Graphic Medicine website (graphicmedicine.org). She has served as a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and as an Applied Cartooning Fellow of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She is a coauthor of Graphic Medicine Manifesto and the editor of Menopause: A Comic Treatment, both published by Penn State University Press. MK is also the comics editor for the journal Literature & Medicine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781637790076
ISBN-10: 1637790074
Publisher: Graphic Mundi - Psu Press
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English