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What Frankenstein Can Teach Us About Medical Ethics Today

An upcoming discussion examines parallels between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and issues in health care today.

What can a classic story teach us about the human aspect of medicine today? An upcoming lecture at Baylor College of Medicine examines how Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus reflects issues in health care today — from the trust between a physician and their patient, to what Frankenstein's creation can teach about empathy and compassion.

Dr. Andrew Childress is leading Thursday's conversation. He's a professor with Baylor's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. In the audio above, we talk with him about the lecture and lessons Frankenstein has for us today.

The lecture, called The Creature Speaks: What Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Can Tell Us About Humanism In Medicine, takes place Dec. 13 at noon.