Superficial facial nerves medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (artibiotics)

I'm Ciléin Kearns, a Medical Illustrator & Doctor creating art with a retro-games-inspired twist.

If you enjoy my art you can support me illustrating medicine with a coffee membership to the Scrub Club on Patreon.

Fixing a broken neck: an illustrated case journey

Fixing a broken neck: an illustrated case journey

When Mr Singh falls and fractures his neck the future looks uncertain... Follow his case journey through this illustrated story by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics). This comic was made possible by the generous support of a collaborative Kickstarter with Brainbook, (a charity dedicated to Neurosurgery public engagement and education).

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This story is a fictional amalgamation of real case experiences. I wanted to present the neurosurgery case in a more human context that purely technical text or art. I think this is a more memorable way to experience healthcare, and can connect on a deeper level.

The comic was just one half of the content designed for our case on neck fractures; check out the YouTube video Brainbook produced and I illustrated. This explores a real-life fusion surgery with first-person GoPro footage showing the surgeons’ side of the story!

Finally, a special thanks is needed for all our backers; these generous folks are the reason we were able to create this content openly and freely for all to enjoy and learn from - thank you.

Credits - special thanks to:

Ronald Dees, Faith Robertson, Aqsa Adil, Cristina Sala, Dana Rose Pouncey, Sahar Jahanian, Merlin Strangeway, Russell Pryce, Dr Simon Freilich, Dr Michael Helley, Graeme Pan, Prof Marcos Wagner, Marissa Evans, Iain Galston, Nida Kalyal, Jaimee Sujkowski, Abbie State, Niall Haslam, Ronan Doherty, Kevin J Sexton, Amr Nimer, Mr Subbaraju Arava, Dr Asal Shahidiani, axial3D, The Creative Fund, Anonymous x 5

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The (illustrated) WHO International Classification of Disability, Health, and Functioning

The (illustrated) WHO International Classification of Disability, Health, and Functioning