One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey Essay

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The Main Mental Health Problem in America
“All men are created equal; [that] they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; [that] among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” (Jefferson) Written on July 4th, 1776 by Thomas Jefferson and multiple other authors the Declaration of Independence defines what each American citizen is given, these rights shall never be legally taken from them. Fast forward now to the 21st century where people are restricted due to minor mental defects and are stripped of their basic rights. There is a lack of funding and importance given to mental sanitariums because mental patients are not believed to be normal humans. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
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In mental sanitariums the patients do not know if they have it, and could easily be spreading it because of the contact the patients have with each other. With correct funding, the sanitariums can test and separate patients who have the disease. This is a very dangerous and potentially life threatening disease and any of the patients or staff could be affected by it if they have sexual contact with the infected patient and do not know they the other person has it. The doctors talk to each patient and briefly evaluate him or her individually. There isn’t any type of blood testing currently going on to test the patients to see if they have the disease or not. This is necessary because it determines if the patient is safe to enter into a community living arrangement or not.
The lack of endowment from the government in the book is shown through the lack of certified doctors, the lack of updated technology, and poor and unsuccessful treatments. McMurphy and patients are talking about the life within the hospital when McMurphy says, “Jesus, I mean you guys do nothing but complain about how you cannot stand it in this place here…All I know is this: nobody is very big in this place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down in here.” (Kesey 105) This is important because the patient's dread living in these conditions, the food is poor, the treatments are ineffective, and the doctors do not provide enough help.

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