Atlas is a literary journal encouraging lateral thought and creativity in medicine.



New Zealand


Unity Books
19 High Street
Auckland CBD

The Women's Bookstore
105 Ponsonby Road

Parsons Bookshop
26 Wellesley Street East
Auckland CBD

Time Out Bookstore
432 Mt Eden Road
Mt Eden


Unity Books
57 Willis St
Wellington CBD

Vic Books
Easterfield Building
1 Kelburn Parade


495 Selby Ave,
St Paul, Minnesota



Atlas offers an alternative to the usual scientific discourse that surrounds our bodies. It hopes to shift our medical conversations away from the rigid and prescriptive, to a literary form that celebrates our complexities. Atlas encourages doctors, writers and patients to share in their experiences of medicine and the human body outside of the clinic. It also offers a space for critical discussion about the health care system and its users. 

Issue 01 was published in September 2016.
Issue 02 was released in August 2017.

The journal is a non-profit project made possible through the Jacob Beck Jaffurs Scholarship, Creative New Zealand, and the NZMSA Student Innovation Fund. All funds generated through the selling of the publication go directly back into the cost of printing the next edition.

The project was begun by a medical student Helen Ker and wouldn't be possible without all of our wonderful contributors and the support we have received from the medical community. 


Editor: Helen Ker
Design: Lily West and Grant Priest

With thanks to: Bruce Arroll, John Kennelly, H. R. Sorenson and T. Clark Brelje.  

All images in the journal and on the website are either our own or come from the histology collection of R. Sorenson and T. Clark Brelje at unless stated otherwise. We thank them for letting us showcase these beautiful images.