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Older Person Whisperer

Old Person Whisperer explains: I do comics as part of my research process. This comic was based on part of an interview I did with a geriatrician about her work, for my master’s dissertation. I linked her comments about what made her a good geriatrician with Foucault’s ideas about the way doctors see the world. Foucault uses a concept called “regard” to describe how when doctors look at a person with an illness or disease, they see a patient or a case- this is also known as the “clinical gaze”. In this comic I extend his concept to different specialities. When I use this in teaching I sometimes invite learners to draw their own version of a 93 year old lady for their specialty.

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