Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes


What if medical science could make us smarter? What if science could cure the mentally challenged? What if humanity could make everyone a genius? Would we dare...? Medical science is making great strides. In the human past, we assumed that some things were meant to be and accepted them as such. However, today we have come to think that everything is curable - it's only a matter of time and research.

Flowers for Algernon is a novel that goes beyond the science of curing. The novel deals with the social consequences of such actions. 

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Charley Gordon had an I.Q. of 68.  With a miracle of modern science he became a genius, but was he ready for such a transition?