VIDEO: Three Questions with Ira Kodner on Frankenstein and medical ethics

Ira Kodner, emeritus professor of surgery in the School of Medicine and founder and former director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, has been working for many years to teach medical ethics to young residents and medical school students. When he was asked to give a lecture about Frankensteina few years ago, he saw an immediate connection between the topic of ethics and the novel by Mary Shelley.

“It’s as if this young woman, just 19 years old when she wrote Frankenstein, understood what was ahead for medicine and society,” Kodner said in Outlookmagazine in 2007. Here he talks about how Dr. Frankenstein’s obsession with science that led to creating a monster still resonates today. Click here to continue reading.