The Curren(t)cy of Frankstein: Luke Dittrich (Journalist/Author) – “Shelley’s Frankenstein and Modern Medical Practice: A Family Story of Lobotomy”

September 28, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Auditorium (Medical Campus)

“Shelley’s Frankenstein and Modern Medical Practice: A Family Story of Lobotomy”


The Curren(t)cy of Frankenstein is a three-day forum (September 28-30) celebrating the novel’s 200th anniversary by contemplating its bearing today in medical research, practice and ethics.

Each day begins with a scene from Nick Dear’s play, “Frankenstein,” and ends with a panel discussion on Frankenstein’s relevance to medical practice today.

Luke Dittrich will speak on his book, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets.

Patient H.M. tells the fascinating and sometimes troubling true story of Henry Molaison, an amnesic who became the most studied human research subject ever. Dittrich explores of the history of memory science and raises urgent questions about the ethics of medical research and human experimentation.

Sponsored by WashU Center for History of Medicine and School of Medicine.

Space is limited!  RSVPs required

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Pre-event reception starts at 6:30 p.m.

For inquiries contact Rebecca Messbarger.