Study Guide

The Acutes in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By Ken Kesey

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.