“An ingenious method to turn everyday readers into moral thinkers: have them walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”
~ Randy Cohen, for twelve years the writer of “The Ethicist” in the New York Times magazine.
Meet the Brewsters:
Wayne is sure he has osteoporosis.
Walter is drunk.
Gloria has cancer.
And Sheila is having an affair.
Choose your own adventure with three generations of an American family getting their health care ... from you.
“Brilliant! The Brewsters is so much fun to read, you forget you’re learning. A truly immersive and memorable experience that will stick with readers long into their careers."
~ Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, Department of English, Rice University
The Brewsters is an innovative way to learn health professional ethics: a choose-your-own-adventure novel where YOU play the roles of health care provider, scientific researcher, patient and family member. The immersive story is interwoven with in-depth didactic chapters on health professional ethics, clinical ethics and research ethics.
The authors are longtime medical educators. Jeffrey Spike, PhD is the Karff Professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Te
xas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Thomas Cole, PhD holds the McGovern Chair in Medical Humanities and serves as the founding Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the UTHealth Medical School.
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A refreshingly new approach
What a refreshingly new approach to learning ethics! The interactive, narrative structure of the text blurred the line between entertainment and reading to learn. It was a "stealth" text that went undetected by my "this-is-going-to-be-work" radar and obliterated any resistance to learning these valuable concepts by making it entertaining. This approach could and should be used for so many other subjects. If it were, I suspect we'd see many more successful students. Since the learning takes place in the context of life situations, the lessons would stick with them longer, too, making students more effective citizens of their communities and their professions.
The Brewsters is an exceptionally interesting medical ethics book, which is useful for physicians as well as Allied health personnel. It is organized in an extremely interesting fashion that engages the reader's interest and stimulates discussion. It raises important issues that will be faced by healthcare practitioners in everyday practice. The combination of patient vignettes with formal didactic reviews is makes the book particularly useful. The most interesting feature is the novel organization that allows students to make an ethical decision about a situation and then to explore consequences. After participating in teaching medical ethics at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine I believe that this book will be a valuable addition to medical