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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature: Secrets of Heaven and Earth

The exhibit "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" and the lecture and film series sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund

Science, Technology and the Frankenstein myth

"What is "acceptable" science and medicine? Who decides?
How can society balance the benefits of new medical discoveries against ethical or spiritual questions they may pose? Or the human urge to know and understand against problems arising from that knowledge?
Researchers have made such seemingly philosophical questions as timely as tomorrow's headlines. The transplantation of tissue from one species to another raises them. So does the use of dissected human corpses in medical research. But the process of resolving both issues has profited from an openness of public debate that Victor Frankenstein, alone in his laboratory, could scarcely have imagined." (from the exhibit guide)

The Visible Human. Courtesy of the National Institute of Health.

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