If her cervix was a clock 's face, the lump was at four o 'clock," (Skloot 17). Being a victim of racism in the early 1950s, she didn 't get the necessary medical attention needed to treat her. Jones cut a small sample of her lump for a biopsy that showed results of her being diagnosed of cervical cancer or adenocarcinoma, a malignant tumor of the epithelial tissue in her cervix. During her first cancer treatment, Dr. Lawrence Wharton Jr. without Henrietta 's consent took two pieces of live tissue from which her cells: one piece of tissue from her tumor and one from healthy cervical tissue near the tumor. Even after her death, those cells continue to live today.
What is Unintentional Becomes Valuable The novel The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written almost sixty years after the death of Henrietta Lacks, was produced by Rebecca Skloot who, while researching, personally interacted with the family and educated them on the topic. After Henrietta’s death, her family is left with a great amount of confusion and dissatisfaction. Not only can Deborah Lacks, daughter of Henrietta, and her siblings not comprehend what happens to Henrietta and her cells, but an underlying pit of anger and fear within them deepens from not knowing. Until Skloot makes an appearance in their life, the Lackses trust no white person and live in oblivion to the world around them which Henrietta impacted. No previous reporter
Should patient consent be required to store and distribute their tissue for research? Should doctors disclose their financial interests? Would this make any difference in achieving fairness? Or is this not a matter of fairness or an ethical issue to begin with? I do think that patients consent should be required, because I think everyone have the right to decide whether or not they want a part of their body used for research.
If the doctor would have ask for permission than this would be consider morally correct because nothing would have been violated. If the doctor would of obtain the inform consent of Henrietta and explain to her that her cells could help the researchers with their research for certain diseases, I don’t think that Henrietta would of oppose. Notifying her about the use of her cells would be important because according to our text book, “ the main focus is largely on the privacy of genetic data on the safely of human subject research.” Since they would be using her cells for many different studies by having her consent not only would they have respected her moral values, but also they would of kept her privacy. If everything would have been done the correctly since the beginning, I believe that the government should have the right to regulate the commercial use of such genetic material and information. Mainly because of the risk of her cells being use for the wrong ethical reason, If the government has control over what the cells are bring used for then this will protect the cells from being use for the wrong
“They certainly give very strange names to diseases.” - Plato Rebecca Skloot wanted to get this word across about how race, class, ethics, and other factors play a role in the science world today. Especially with the need of biological samples for research. When Skloot first found out about the cells, her father had gotten sick with an illness that was undiagnosable. Once it was determined he had brain damage, he had enrolled in a medical study. She had took him to many doctors appointments, and everything for the study.
Which brings us to our first issue. The issue of how the HeLa cell culture came to be is still a point of discussion. Without the consent of Henrietta, the cells never should have made it outside her body, much less into a lab, and yet they did anyway. And it is because of that breach of basic human rights and privacy that medical science has come as far as it has. Henrietta’s name was purposefully removed from the context of HeLa cells by Dr. George Gey, the foremost researcher in the discovery of HeLa cells (Stump par
My response essay will come from the essay who a girl was involved called Sandra Cisneros, the daughter of a Mexico-American mother and a Mexico father. A daughter whose father didn’t believe in whatever she did. No matter how Sandra tried her best to impress her father, Sandra’s father didn’t believe her because of the tradition that lasted for years that, girls can’t do stuff that will catch an eye from the society. Anna was not allowed to play with her brothers in public, and also, not only she wasn’t allowed to go to school, but also, she wasn’t allowed to expand her talent of drawing. It’s the same with my relatives from my mother’s side.
The doctors used the cells to discover cures for diseases and made a bunch of money. The issue was that her family never found out and never got any money from their mother's cells. Finally, her family found out about this 20 years later. Those doctors secretly profited for 20 years before Henrietta’s family found out. Some people would argue that Phineas Gage faced the worst.
With PAS, people argue that competent individuals can decide for him or herself the terms of his or her own death. In medicine, there is an obligation of the physician to respect their patient’s autonomous decisions. This stronger emphasis on self-determination is recent, but is important because adequate patient information and sufficient understanding of his or her own choice is needed in order to make this autonomous decision (Gather, 447). With PAS, an individual has a right to choose to live or die, and with this decision, the patient can die with dignity. The American Civil Liberties Union determined in Vacco v. Quill, states that U.S. states do not have the right to ban physician-assisted
In Rebecca Skloot’s novel, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, she discusses how after Henrietta dies a part of her lives on. The book summarizes her life and family, her cells, and their significance to science. Skloot successfully argues that Lacks’s cells became a scientific marvel, being used world wide, which her family had absolutely no knowledge of. The background of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks all comes back to an eager
This essay uses the book“ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot to investigate the requirements of informed consent ,by informing the patients through every steps Henrietta’s story is an example on informed consent.On one hand theorists such as, Dale Keigner argue that informed consent should be notified by the doctor to the patient and the patient should be knowledge on the proceeding that the doctors will maintain.On the other hand , Lewis Soloman contends that the doctors should be able to take any specimens from the patient after operating without consent for scientific reasons and research. . He also asserted that doctors should be able to deduct any specimen that will be able to help in the science research. Others maintain
Millions of people have these cells to thank for their health and researchers owe their life’s work to them. Yet, the Lacks family cannot even afford to go to the doctor and are completely unaware of everything their mother’s cells have done for the wellbeing of people all around the world. Gey would not even publish or release her real name. In chapter 22, the reader sees the family’s reaction to being kept in the dark about these cell, Bobbette says, “Everybody always saying Henrietta Lacks donated those cells. She didn’t donate nothing.
Day says that Hsu’s phone call is about being tested to see if the family has Henrietta’s cancer; however, Hsu maintains that she says nothing about cancer and only asks for blood samples. This misunderstanding was strongly rooted in the fact that Day Lacks does not understand the scientific terms that Hsu uses. So, when Day tells the family that they are to come over and give blood, he tells them it is to find out if they have cancer. Deborah, when she is confronted with the idea that she may have cancer, panics; she does not want to leave her children motherless. Skloot describes Deborah’s concern for her children saying, “Those children were all Deborah had, and she wasn’t going to let anything happen to them”
Henrietta Lacks was a thirty-one year old African American who had five kids and married her cousin David Lacks. Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer, the doctors never informed Mrs. Lacks that her cells were to be tested on. The Lacks family was certainly not advised that Henrietta 's cells were growing at an incredible rate. Because of this, the cancer cells were shipped and bought across the world.