Charlie Gordon Case Study Answers

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People tend to want to be smarter than they are. This is a feeling Charlie Gordon is very familiar with. Charlie is a thirty- seven year old man with an IQ of 68. He attends an adult learning center taught by Miss. Kinnian. He idolizes Miss.Kinnian as a genius, and likes her a person. Charlie 's teacher recommends him to Dr.Nemur and Dr.Strass. Both doctors are interested in preforming a surgery on Charlie to triple his IQ. Charlie undergoes testing to decide if he is a candidate for the operation. Some may be alarmed by the ethics of the surgery, but Charlie was over joyed. Ethics are moral beliefs that show us what we feel is right or wrong. They also include our personal ideas and beliefs. Charlie Gordon 's doctors did not act ethically …show more content…
Charlie 's intelligence level made it very hard for him to comprehend the consequences of the surgery. The doctors failed to ask themselves if Charlie was mentally capable to make his decision(Siegler). Charlie 's IQ was a second grader level, which proves why he is not able to make a important medical decision. However, Charlie showed a great joy in getting the operation preformed. This does show Charlie 's preference to get the surgery, but be fails to show the emotions of nerves a higher level intelligence person would feel. Charlie 's feeling of no nerves shows his lack of competence and knowledge of the …show more content…
His intellectual increase improved his motivation and work ethic. As he got smarter he saw how his actions toward others had to change, for example in the story "Flowers for Algernon" he stands up for the mental disabled boy in the restaurant. This event showed him how the teasing and disrespect affects people. However his social abilities decreased along with his intellectual abilities. As he looses his intelligence he goes into a deep depression and no longer understands various situations. He has trouble remembering and is anti-social. His sadness eventually becomes so strong, that his last result is to move away. His increased intelligence brought temporary joy, but it was countered by long-lasting

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