2022 AMI Online Salon

The Pathology of Chagas Disease

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Aimy Wang
  • Client: Faculty Advisor:  Professor Dave Mazierski; Content Advisor:   John Wong
  • Copyright:  Aimy Meng Yu Wang, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Two-page editorial spread
  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

The purpose of this piece was to create an original, conceptual medical illustration demonstrating pathological change in a tissue over time to explain a particular disease process to an educated lay audience. When presented with the premise of the project, I became interested in creating a graphic on a neglected neotropical disease (NTD) due to their relative lack of attention or representation.  Chagas’ Disease can present with a variety of chronic symptoms after years of low-grade, undetectable infection. Common in many parts of Latin America, it has become widespread in areas where its insect disease vectors are not endemic to due to immigration. A sequence of tissue cubes demonstrate changes to the gross  and cellular structure of the cardiac muscle over time. Sidebar illustrations complement the sequential figures to provide information about the etiology, symptoms, and chronic effects of the disease. A female, visibly ethnic figure represents the primary demographic that suffers from the disease.