1822, an accidental gunshot leaves a young fur trapper severely wounded. He is
saved from almost certain death by Dr. William Beaumont but suffers a
remarkable injury -- a hole into his stomach. Based on historical events that
took place along the early 19th century American frontier, Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont is a novel
about how ambition drives a physician to use his patient’s injury to secure his
own wealth and career, and how his increasingly desperate acts lead him to
destroy what he most desires, reputation and the immortality of fame. Open Wound incorporates historical
events, documents and characters. It also draws on the author’s experiences as
a physician, researcher, and bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. The
result is a dark, compelling and ultimately redemptive story that reads like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
meets Blood Meridian. To learn more
visit www.jasonkarlawish.com. Jason Karlawish will read from Open Wound and lead a discussion of the
ethical and social challenges that continue to shape contemporary researchers
as they labor to advance both science and their careers.
Speaker: Jason Karlawish, MD, FCPP, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the College’s Section on Medicine and the Arts.
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