Henrietta Lacks Sacrifice

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Rebecca Skloot, the writer of The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, brings to light many unjust acts committed by those in the scientific and medical field. Skloot reveals that many lay victim to scientists, one of which is Henrietta Lacks. The book is written about one woman, Henrietta, who changed the field of science but did so without her knowledge. Skloot does well to acknowledge these topics through her use of imagery. Through Skloot’s use of imagery she was able to show the many injustices enacted by our scientific community.
Throughout this entire book, Skloot has revealed many injustices performed by the scientific community. In doing this she shows just how inhuman and monstrous people can become when they have no regard for human rights. Sacrifices were made to help advance our society. Whether that sacrifice is a person 's time, entire life savings, or a human life. While Henrietta 's life may not have been taken by science her rights were. Those rights disappeared the moment she stepped foot in John Hopkins. As a society, we must put those who commit such
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Skloot’s use of imagery was found to be superb by outside sources who had nothing but praise for The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. One notable review by Ted Conover, author of Newjack and The Routes of Man, states, “The issues evoked here are giant: who owns our bodies, the use, and misuse of medical authority, the unhealed wounds of slavery… and Skloot with clarity and compassion helps us take the long view. This is exactly the sort of story that books were made to tell -- thorough, detailed, quietly passionate, and full of revelation” (n.d., p.1). When clarity is said it is directly referring to the imagery Skloot used in describing the unethical ways of the science community for almost a century. The quote also mentions ‘misuse of medical authority’ which Skloot clearly tried to get across to her audience, and did well at. Skloot’s use of imagery was found to directly support her
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