Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, was published 200 years ago and is considered the first work of fiction to foreground science as a means to create life. The story centers on a student, Victor Frankenstein, who becomes obsessed with creating life by assembling and animating corpse parts and who, repulsed by the physical appearance of his creation, rejects his “monster”—a rejection that leads to devastating consequences as the creation, who learns to speak and read, eventually comes to realize his bleak, outcast existence.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Love N, Shafer A. Medicine and Frankenstein—An Artistic Commemoration of the Novel’s Bicentennial. JAMA. 2018;320(16):1624–1626. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12998
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: