Ethical Dilemmas In Flowers For Algernon

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In the book Flowers for Algernon Charlie is really dumb, but he wants really badly or not. The doctors in the story help him become smart by running tests on him. The doctor's ethics were questioned when they tested Charlie for his good reason, or their own. Ethics are not about religion , not about following the law, and not about feelings. Ethics are what society accepts. Some people say, that Charlie Gordon's doctors did not act ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter. I think that Charlie Gordon's doctors acted ethically he they performed the surgery to make him smarter.
First, Charlie wanted to do the research. Charlie said himself that he wanted to be like his best friends in his own life. All he wanted to do was get smart and he would do almost anything to get smart. The doctors would
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In the story, Dr. Nemur was sometimes really cold to Charlie throughout his testing. They also did not show him if anything was going wrong with the test and Charlie was not away until he made his theory on Algernon. The doctor's failed the patient by not telling him that he would die and he did not have a parent guardian to help him make the hard decisions (Siegler). Charlie when he made those decisions, had an IQ of sixty-eight and could not spell.
Charlie Gordon's doctors did not act ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter. Although these controversial statements with the doctor's unethical treatment of the patients in Flowers for Algernon, I believe that the doctors did the right thing with the patient and acted in the well-being of the patient. Charlie Gordon's doctors acted ethically when they performed the surgery to make him smarter. In real life doctor's have to make these same decisions today. They should always make the ethical decision of caring for their patient and being their friend just like Dr. Strauss and Dr.
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