Arrowsmith (Cliffs Notes) by Sinclair Lewis

By Sinclair Lewis

The Pulitzer Prize successful "Arrowsmith" (an award Lewis refused to just accept) recounts the tale of a physician who's compelled to renounce his exchange for purposes starting from public lack of expertise to the publicity-mindedness of a very good beginning, and turns into an remoted seeker of medical fact. creation via E.L.

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Martin is to find if possible a district comparatively untouched by the plague and should there have test cases, one half injected with phage and the other half untreated. In the badly afflicted districts, he may give the phage to everyone. If results are favorable, that part of the experiment will be secondary proof. In the meantime, the Surgeon General, Dr. Inchcape Jones, cables that no help is needed. Sondelius considers himself the official rat-killer and is enthusiastic about the job. When Martin breaks the news of his departure to Leora, she insists on going along since she has no life of her own outside of her husband and his work.

She has come to the Indies to see her plantations and has been trapped by the plague. So striking is her physical resemblance to Martin that he feels she must be his sister, his twin. She offers to help him with nursing or cooking, and he accepts her offer, all the time intending to send for Leora as soon as possible. Commentary Martin's success as a scientist is saddened by the death of Sondelius, an event foreshadowed by his refusal to be inoculated with the phage until the natives have been served.

While his contemporaries were engaged in money-grabbing, status seeking, and worldly diversions, he remained faithful to his ideals of honesty and the search for truth. Because of this uncompromising attitude, he lost several opportunities for promotion and increased popularity. Steps in his career included his training in Winnemac, his internship immediately following, his practice as a country doctor in Wheatsylvania, his experiences under Pickerbaugh at Nautilus, his work at Rouncefield Clinic, and finally his position in McGurk Institute, reaching a high point with his fight against the plague in the West Indies.

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