Mahala Yates Stripling

Exploring Social Issues through Literature

Claudia Durst Johnson and Lynn Malloy, Series Editors

GREENWOOD PRESS

Westport, Connecticut • London

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Stripling, Mahala Yates.

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. Medicine in Literature. 2. Bioethical Issues. WZ 330 S918b 2005] I. Title. II. Series. PN56.M38S76 2005 809'.933561—dc22 2005001493

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data is available.

Copyright © 2005 by Mahala Yates Stripling

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2005001493 ISBN: 0-313-32040-3 ISSN: 1551-0263

First published in 2005

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Printed in the United States of America

The paper used in this book complies with the Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National Information Standards Organization (Z39.48-1984).

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In loving memory of Irene Yates and Anna Bland Stripling, the grandmothers who taught many great lessons to my daughters, Whitney Harding and Lauren Stripling

The sole advantage to possessing great works of literature lies in what they can help us to become. ... It is only they, in so far as they are appropriate food and not poison for us, that can add to the present value and dignity of our minds.

—George Santayana, Three Philosophical Poets

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