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Death Be Not Proud

John Gunther

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Johnny -  Johnny is the subject of Death Be Not Proud. He is a sensitive, intelligent, selfless, courageous teenager who battles a brain tumor. His parents are John Gunther and Frances.

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John Gunther -  Gunther is Johnny's father and is divorced from Frances. He is the author of Death Be Not Proud. His works as a journalist, and over the course of the memoir, he writes a book.
Frances -  Frances is Johnny's mother and the divorced wife of Gunther. Gunther says that Johnny inherits his intellectual and emotional maturity from her. She is more intimate with him than Gunther.

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Dr. Traeger -  Traeger is the family physician who advises the Gunthers on Johnny's condition.
Dr. Max Gerson  -  Gerson is a doctor whose unorthodox methods of treating illnesses are based on a controversial diet.
Dr. Tracy Putnam  -  Putnam is a specialist in tumors. He is a sensitive man who comes to love Johnny.
Dr. Lester Mount  -  Putnam's assistant. Mount helps Johnny throughout his illness.
Dr. Wilder Penfield  -  A renowned brain surgeon who operates on Johnny.
Dr. Harvey Cushing  -  Preeminent brain surgeon who was the first to open the skull to remove tumors.
Dr. Hahn -  A neurologist who identifies Johnny's tumor at Deerfield.
Dr. Johnson -  The Deerfield doctor who takes Johnny into the infirmary because of his stiff neck and suspects something worse.
Mr. Boydon -  The kindly headmaster of Deerfield.
Mr. Weaver -  An older neighbor in the country and chemistry teacher at Andover who helps Johnny with his ammonia experiment.

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