Erin Williams’s graphic exploration of how the American health-care system fails us.

Product Code: 9255
ISBN: 9781419747342
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Abrams Comicart
Pages: 256
Published Date: 01/23/2024
Availability:In stock
Price: $29.99

What’s Wrong? is author, illustrator, and scientific researcher Erin Williams’s graphic exploration of how the American health-care system fails us. Focusing on four raw and complex firsthand accounts, plus Williams’s own story, this book examines the consequences of living with interconnected illnesses and conditions like:

severe depression

Western medicine, which intends to cure illness and minimize pain, often causes more loss, abuse, and suffering for those Americans who don’t fit within the narrow definition of who the system was built to serve—cis, white, heterosexual men. The book explores the many ways in which those receiving medical care are often overlooked, unseen, and doubted by the very clinicians who are supposed to heal them. What’s Wrong? is also a beautiful celebration of nontraditional modes of healing, of how we become whole not because of health care but despite it.

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"A passionate, memorably presented manifesto for healing." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

"What’s Wrong? is a truly gorgeous piece of heartbreaking, hilarious, gut-wrenching graphic non-fiction. This is an extremely important book that I want everyone to read." —MariNaomi, author and illustrator of I Thought You Loved Me

"Though these portraits can be harrowing, they offer solidarity and uplift to those who’ve felt marginalized by the medical system." —Publisher's Weekly, STARRED review

"The raw accounts of these five tormented women reveal a disturbingly ineffective health system. Vital for health collections in public and university libraries." —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"With What’s Wrong, Erin Williams tackles some of the most challenging and important topics today: chronic pain, the people who endure it and the failures of our healthcare system to effectively and empathetically address them. Candid and compassionate, Williams shares her own experiences with chronic pain, Western medicine and holistic healing." —Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine

"Erin Williams' What's Wrong? is an utterly riveting, deeply moving, absolutely molecule-rearranging exploration of pain--individual and collective--suffused with wit, wonder, and mourning; textured by compassion and curiosity, and vibrating with the humanity of its dynamic subjects. Williams' sharp, nimble, tender prose, and her searing art--humming with insight and imagination--speak to veins of human experience so difficult to articulate we often shy away from speaking them at all. But in these dark places, she finds vitality, collectivity, and hope. This book and its subjects will live inside me forever." Leslie Jamison, author The Empathy Exams

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