Understanding shame in medicine through
the power of art
Experiences of shame are powerful, deeply held, and infrequently shared; finding the words to describe them can be difficult. In collaboration with Wellcome Trust-funded The Shame and Medicine Project—and with support from the Duke—Exeter Initiator & Accelerator grants and an Enhanced Research Award from the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health—we commissioned six graphic artists to bring dimensionality, imagery, and depth to our research and shame stories. Each piece is accompanied by questions for individual reflection and/or group discussion.
“Barcode”, “Imposter”, “The Room”, and “Lessons in Absolution” were funded by a Duke-Exeter Collaboration Fund Accelerator Grant. “Shame Spiral” and “Needlestick” were funded by a Duke-Exeter Collaboration Fund Initiator Grant and an Enhanced Research Award from the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health