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The Fruited PlainFables for a Postmodern Democracy$
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Alvin Kernan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092905

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092905.001.0001

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The Politics Gene

The Politics Gene

(p.98) Five The Politics Gene
The Fruited Plain

Alvin Kernan

Yale University Press

This chapter paints a satirical picture of medical ethics in the USA through the experience of Ellsworth Joad. Ellsworth is staff ethicist to the crack Medicalization Committee, which is also part of a national organization tasked with considering how the discovery of new diseases could be most beneficial. He attended a meeting where researchers announce the discovery of a gene that has a virulent mutant form that correlates with political activity.

Keywords:   Joad family, Ellsworth Joad, medical ethics, political activity

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