Literary Analysis

David Feldshuh's Miss Evers' Boys derived from James H. Jones's Bad Blood The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment as well as from medical articles, 1930s Alabama field interviews, and Senate testimony. In two acts set in the Possom Hollow School House outside of the town of Tuskegee, Alabama, the play fictionally portrays how the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) experimented on a group of black men. This analysis focuses on how the play highlights important ethical questions about human rights in...

Historical Context

Ken Kesey (1935-2001), born in Colorado and reared in Oregon, appreciated nature and loved wrestling. He received a degree in speech and communication from the University of Oregon. Then, with a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship, he enrolled in the Stanford University Creative Writing program. While a graduate student, he participated in life-altering psychology department research involving psilocybin, mescaline, amphetamine, and LSD. For several weeks Kesey, a 24-year-old paid research volunteer,...

Topics For Oral And Written Discussion

What is the allegorical significance of the absurdist novel The Plague 2. Discuss Camus's views in The Plague of suffering, death, and religion. 3. What do Dr. Rieux's relationships with Tarrou, Grand, and Rambert reveal about his morality 4. How are the major themes of isolation and solidarity, suffering and the value of human life, and hope and despair played out in the novel 5. What roles do women play in the novel, especially Dr. Rieux's supportive mother and M. Othon's wife, who fights to...

Mahala Yates Stripling

Exploring Social Issues through Literature Claudia Durst Johnson and Lynn Malloy, Series Editors Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bioethics and medical issues in literature Mahala Yates Stripling. p. cm. (Exploring social issues through literature, ISSN 1551-0263) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-313-32040-3 1. Medicine in literature. 2. Fiction 19th century History and criticism. 3. Fiction 20th century History and criticism. 4. Bioethics. DNLM 1....

Introduction

Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World to show how individuality is sacrificed when the government controls and conditions its people with science and technology. It casts a cautionary light on the inherent dangers from genetically determining a society where pharmaceuticals and psychological conditioning try to keep everyone healthy, happy, and conformed until it is their time to die. The novel is timely as we enter a brave new world of genetic engineering and cloning, highlighting the issue that...

Suggested Further Reading

In Ward Number Six and Other Stories. Trans. Ronald Hingley. New York Oxford University Press, 1974. Written in 1892, this attack on involuntary mental hospitalization shows the darker side of psychiatric history. Donley, Carol, and S. Buckley, eds. What's Normal Narratives of Mental and Emotional Disorders. Kent, Ohio Kent State University Press, 2000. Exceptional anthology. Grandin, Temple. Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. New...

Bibliography

New York Ballantine, 1990. Gleick, James. Chaos Make a New Science. New York Penguin Books, 1987. Groopman, Jerome. The New Yorker, January 28, 2002. http www.new _talk_groopman. Halden, John. The Causes of Evolution. Princeton Science Library (1932). Princeton, N.J. Princeton University Press, 1990. Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York Harper, 1989. Fisher, R. A. Natural Selection, Heredity, and Eugenics. Oxford Oxford University Press, 1983. Kass, Leon...

Xyv

In England in 1500 children sang a rhyme and played a game called Ring around the Rosies. In Canada in the 1940s, children still held hands in a circle and chanted Ring around the rosies A pocketful of posies Ashes, ashes We all fall down. The rhyme originated from the flulike symptoms, skin discoloration, and mortality caused by bubonic plague. Discuss how the meaning was that life could be both unimaginably beautiful and horrible. 2. Study and report on the romanticization of tuberculosis in...

Preface

Bioethics and Medical Issues in Literature has multiple uses. First, it is part of the Exploring Social Issues through Literature series developed to meet the needs of secondary school students and their teachers who will delve into social issues identified in a range of accessible literature. When used in the language arts curriculum, the book intersects social studies issues and literature. Furthermore, educators in the arts and humanities and sciences can benefit from examining social issues...

Kup

Compare and contrast two movies, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 , the more faithful Branagh version, and James Whale's Frankenstein 1931 , which relates to pop culture. 2. Just for fun Bobby Boris Pickett and the Crypt Kickers recorded the hit sensation The Monster Mash in 1962. The dance, something like the mashed potato, goes like this holding your arms in a ghoulish position, grind one foot on the floor in mashing footwork as if putting a cigarette butt out pull that foot backward then...