Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

A Graphic Memoir Of Mental Illness

Book - 2010
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In 1976, Ben Martini was diagnosed with schizophrenia. A decade later, his brother Olivier was told he had the same disease. For the past thirty years the Martini family has struggled to comprehend and cope with a devastating illness, frustrated by a health care system lacking in resources and empathy, the imperfect science of medication, and the strain of mental illness on familial relationships.

Throughout it all, Olivier, an accomplished visual artist, drew. His sketches, comic strips, and portraits document his experience with, and capture the essence of, this all too frequently misunderstood disease. In Bitter Medicine , Olivier's poignant graphic narrative runs alongside and communicates with a written account of the past three decades by his younger brother, award-winning author and playwright Clem Martini. The result is a layered family memoir that faces head-on the stigma attached to mental illness.

Shot through with wry humour and unapologetic in its politics, Bitter Medicine is the story of the Martini family, a polemical and poetic portrait of illness, and a vital and timely call for action.

Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781551119281
Characteristics: 260 p. : ill. ; 16 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Martini, Olivier


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Oct 14, 2015

This book had my attention right from the beginning. Mental health affects such a big percentage of our population and yet it is swept under the carpet. This book speaks for those who cannot speak up for themselves. I am recommending this book to all; it is a real eye opener.

mhplandrea Apr 09, 2012

This book really amazed me. It was so easy to read, hard to put down and at the same time VERY informative. Made me realize how bad mental illness care in Canada really is (where it was never really something I heard about before). You get a glimpse of what it is like from the perspective of someone with a mental illness and from the family members of that person. More people need to read this book. Highly recommend it!

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