Clinical Trials, Brain Surgery, and Charlie-August 26th, 2014

In today’s class we explored the process for undergoing clinical trials, particularly ones geared at repairing brain injuries.

 (The video can be found here.)

After a brief discussion, we then watched a video about a professional concert violinist who was awake during his brain surgery.  In order to accurately correct the part of his brain creating career-threatening hand tremors, the surgeons found a way to have Roger awake and playing his violin throughout the process.

We then made connections between these two videos with the story “Flowers for Algernon” in addition to other stories, movies, or television shows where advances in science and technology either enhanced or hindered human or animal life.

PowerPoint:

Homework:

  • Complete the “Flowers for Algernon” Project which can be found here. DUE TOMORROW, August 27th, 2014.
  • Read for 30 minutes in anticipation of our second Alternative Book Reports.

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