Dopesick

Dopesick

by

Beth Macy

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Dopesick can help.

Teresa Gardner Tyson Character Analysis

Teresa Gardner Tyson hosts a major medical outreach event called Remote Area Medical (RAM), which provides support to the uninsured of southwestern Virginia. Reporters who come to RAM are often surprised by the scale of the event, comparing it to disaster relief in Third World countries. Tyson remains enthusiastic despite setbacks and slow progress, and Macy sees her as an inspirational model for what people can achieve for healthcare on the local level while the federal government remains so slow to respond.

Teresa Gardner Tyson Quotes in Dopesick

The Dopesick quotes below are all either spoken by Teresa Gardner Tyson or refer to Teresa Gardner Tyson . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
).
Chapter 13 Quotes

The birthplace of the modern opioid epidemic—central Appalachia—deserves the final word in this story. It is, after all, the place where I witnessed the holiest jumble of unmet needs, where I shadowed yet more angels, in the form of worn-out EMTs and preachers, probation officers and nurse-practitioners. Whether they were attending fiery public hearings to advocate for more public spending, serving suppers to the addicted in church basements, or driving creaky RVs-turned-mobile-clinics around hairpin curves, they were acting in accordance with the scripture that nurse-practitioner Teresa Gardner Tyson had embroidered on the back of her white coat:

Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40)

Related Characters: Teresa Gardner Tyson
Page Number: 273
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Dopesick LitChart as a printable PDF.
Dopesick PDF

Teresa Gardner Tyson Character Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the character Teresa Gardner Tyson appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Cycles of History Theme Icon
The Value of Science Theme Icon
...to Central Appalachia, where the modern opioid epidemic began. She speaks with nurse-practitioner Teresa Gardner Tyson, who hosts a major medical outreach event called Remote Area Medical (RAM) for the uninsured... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Cycles of History Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
Macy interviews Tyson before and after RAM. Macy and other reporters are often surprised by the scale of... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
Macy finds hope while following the story of Tyson, her staff, and her patients. Tyson projects enthusiasm and confidence as she drives around the... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
People like Tyson become crucial for filling in the gaps in Virginia’s increasingly frayed safety net. Even the... (full context)
Poverty as an Obstacle to Recovery  Theme Icon
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
...fears that knowing how to use Narcan might encourage the Boy Scouts to party harder. Tyson’s mobile health service also faces close calls in dangerous neighborhoods and learns that they have... (full context)
Fighting the Medical Establishment Theme Icon
...of her book that makes her feel hopeful, Macy thinks of people like Sue Ella, Tyson, and Cantrell, who use the strength of community to combat the epidemic. (full context)