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The Acutes in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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The Acutes

The Acutes are made up of patients who are seen to be "curable." These men include McMurphy, Harding, Cheswick, Billy, and others. As a group, they hang out together during the day and often play cards. It is this group, led by McMurphy, that challenges Nurse Ratched’s authority.

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