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The Lady Doctor
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Ian Williams is a comics artist, physician and writer, now living in Brighton. He has studied Medicine, Medical Humanities and Fine Art and he founded the website GraphicMedicine.org, coining the term that has been applied to the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare. Born of a Welsh family, Williams grew up in the north of England and studied Medicine in Cardiff before moving to North Wales, where he lived for over twenty years, to pursue his love of mountaineering. He worked as a doctor while developing a side career as a painter and printmaker, exhibiting nationally and internationally. He undertook an MA in Medical Humanities and wrote a dissertation on medical narrative in comics and graphic novels. Williams's attempt to find some common ground between his two careers led to the creation of his own comic strips in 2007, using the nom de plume `Thom Ferrier' to maintain some anonymity while still working in rural general practice. Populated by a cast of flawed characters, and shot through with gallows humour, his stories explore the darker side of medicine, revealing the harsh realities of human interaction and behaviour during times of stress and fear. The Bad Doctor, his debut graphic novel, was highly commended by the British Medical Association at the Medical Book Awards 2015. He is also author of a series of comic strips for The Guardian. Sick Notes is a weekly cartoon about the trials and tribulations of working within the NHS. He is joint Series Editor for the Graphic Medicine list by Penn State University Press, US publishers of The Bad Doctor. Awards for Ian Williams: - SHORTLISTED | Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 - LONGLISTED | British Comic Awards - Best Book - LONGLISTED | British Comic Awards - Emerging Talent - SHORTLISTED | First Graphic Novel Competition

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`Ian Williams is the best thing to happen to medicine since penicillin.'- Alison Bechdel ; `He demystifies and humanises the experience of doctoring... a valuable contribution to our understanding of what it means to be a doctor.' - Dr Michael Green; ''Ian Williams has done it again! It is impossible not to love the imperfect and fallible but deeply human heroine of this brilliant, and hilarious portrayal of a life in medicine.'-Dr Ronan Kavanagh, DotMD Festival';'Fascinating... offers the engrossing perspective of a hard-working and fallible physician. "The Lady Doctor"... illuminates something profound: her cool-headed receptivity to nominally depressing and gross manifestations of humanity. Williams reveals, in his careful attention to her work as a doctor, how seriously she understands her profession and how open she is to patients.' Hilary Chute, The New York Times; 'This book had me hooked from the start. Yes, it was indeed accessible and eminently readable, but be warned, it is hard to put down. The only reason it took me more than one sitting to devour it is that I had my own patients to attend to as well. As they say in scientific circles, it's an important contribution to the field.' Dr Patricia Cantley for Pulse Today; 'It's very funny. I mean, properly, snorting-tea-out-your-nose-while-you're-reading-it funny.' Teddy Jamieson for Herald Scotland

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