Study Guide

The Chronics in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By Ken Kesey

The Chronics

The Chronics are made up of patients who are considered incurable and will probably be in the ward for the rest of their lives. Chief is included in this category. The Chronics are further subdivided into the Walking Chronics, the Wheelers (those in wheelchairs), and the Vegetables (those who are essentially brain dead).