“An ingenious method to turn everyday readers into moral thinkers: have them walk a mile in someone else's shoes - shoes that might be stolen, or made in a sweat shop, or used to give someone a swift kick - and then what is the reader to do?”
Randy Cohen
For twelve years the writer of the "The Ethicist" in the New York Times magazine.

“An edgy, creative, and fun approach to health care ethics.”
Arthur Caplan, PhD
Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics
and Emanuel & Robert Hart Director
Center for Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania

“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
Associate Professor of English
Rice University

“This story tricks you into learning, which is a breath of fresh air to the traditional read-an-article-or-book-and-report-out teaching methods.”
Student, School of Public Health

“It's like hippocrates meets us magazine: engaging, effective, interesting, and trashily indulgent. It's even cathartic to make the wrong choices; like getting them out of your system. An ethics simulator.”
Student, Medical School

“The storyline was written very cleverly and as i delved quickly into the story, i saw myself get into character and asking myself, 'what would i do in this situation?'”
Student, Graduate School of Biomedical Science

“An exciting adventure novel that successfully takes the reader into the heart of ethical deliberations in the daily lives of health care practitioners and patients.”
E. Ann Jeschke M.T.S
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Forum

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.

Videos from the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics - UTHSC Houston

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Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

“Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket, and now the health professions have The Brewsters”
Student, Dentistry

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 their family. The immersive story is interwoven with in-depth didactic chapters on professionalism, clinical ethics and research ethics.

Authors Jeffrey Spike, PhD and Thomas Cole, PhD are professors at the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School

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