Removing Henrietta’s cells without her consent seems to be a very rare scenario and this can tell how the medical community mistreats the Black Americans. A woman of black America origin, Rebecca Skloot managed to surface other different stories of maltreatment directed to the African American community. Blacks in America were taken as people with unequal rights even in a situation like this that talked about right to life. She explained horrific experiences on experimentation of African Americans, stories that were enhanced by fear seen in Henrietta’s relatives refusing to visit hospitals even for necessary treatment. In this regard, the paper will give a response to the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks has raised ethical issues in the exploration of the origin of HeLa and also the struggles that her siblings faced. These cells are the basis for the discoveries of important scientific studies. If she had been in charge of the tissues that had been removed from her and had been declined them to be used in studies, none of these studies would have been possible. The novel raises many ethical issues and on how science is handled today. We should be able to control what happens to our tissues, the consequences, and benefits of donating tissues to science, should be something we have in thought in the day of age in healthcare and science.
The regulation of off-study access presents a myriad of ethical dilemmas. Patients suffering from terminal illnesses face few options – either participating in a study, or facing certain death. The choice for most patients is simple: participate in the study, even at the risk of being given the placebo, because it is the only self-benefitting situation. If they refuse to participate in the study, they will surely die, but they are given a chance to live when through accessing the drugs in the study. This is beneficial to science and the population as a whole – though a small group of people will suffer as they are given a placebo, a greater number will benefit from the data collected from the research, as well as the future FDA approval, allowing
Many things that the Hmong culture is accustom to are not very well excepted in the US culture. We see an example of ethnocentrism when Lia’s family tries to take home the placenta from the hospital. Though this is traditional for them the hospital does not find it appropriate and fears what could happen if they were to take the placenta. Though things are much different for the Lee family, we see a bit of cultural relativism in Lia’s mom when she makes the decision to have her baby at the medical center. Though this is a completely different experience for her, she has trust that the doctor are there to help her and that she will have a safe delivery.
Moral code and medical ethics are an essential theme throughout “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” especially concerning the distinction between the right and wrong decisions that were made during the period after Henrietta’s death. Many of the journalists, and some of the doctors and medical researchers lacked the moral code to let Henrietta and her family know of their findings of the HeLa cell, which lead to significantly changing the code of ethics in medicine. Since Henrietta was dead, many researchers and doctors were unaware they were still breaking her confidentiality, and the Lacks family’s confidentiality also becomes an afterthought. Rebecca Skloot says, “It wasn’t illegal for a journalist to publish medical information given
Dr. Ivankovich’s main focus is to provide medical care to people with or without insurance. Seeing people being turned down from different doctors upsets him because one small problem can turn to a life-threatening situation without the correct medical
Despite her family’s multiple health issues , they could not even afford health insurance. The study suggests that although it is still flawed to a certain extent, the informed consent process has substantially improved. Only 5.9% of the participants believed that they were not given enough information before deciding to participate. In Henrietta’s time, it was legal for doctors to take her cells and use them for research without her knowledge. Today, consent is required if the donor’s name is attached.
As I continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks it makes me question why some of the people treated her the way they did. Like how Doctor Gey would only care about taking Henrietta’s cancerous cells for research rather than help her. It also has me wondering about what is going to happen in the remaining chapters and how everything will end up with Henrietta’s family. I think if Rebecca Skloot wrote another book similar to this I would read it because of how interested I am in this one. As for recommending this book, yes I would.
Roughly all science fields have a history of making discoveries by accident. Neurology, in particular, struggled in its early days to understand the brain due to the limited resources and information available about its numerous function. Humans that were victims of their own mistakes or had genetic disadvantages helped the scientific community gather more data about the beauty and misfortunes that the mind possesses. It is understandable that humans label everything, it is our nature; however, Charles A. Riley II is correct in Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change about the public and the media needing to stop using people that were unfortunate victims of inevitable events and instead, they should be covered in a fair and accurate
According to Munson (2014), through genetic screening or testing, birth of infants with debilitating or crippling defects can be avoided. Also through testing, disease and illness could be eradicated because the gene that causes the disease or illness would not be passed on to the next generation. This is consider eugenics. Some in the medical field have a negative feeling towards this, as if to be playing God. There are others in the medical field on the extreme end feel that laws should be developed that couples with known genes that cause genetic disorders must not have children or if they do selection of embryos are done (Munson, 2014).
Lack 's family provided the sample, and it helped researchers to investigate the HeLa cell more in- depth. However, researchers broke the promise, and did not contact to the family about the result of the cancer test. although HeLa cell greatly contributed in biology, it left some problems. the first was if it is okay to take anyone 's sample without permission and to use it in a research. it is avoided in nowadays, but it was not in the past.
They do this because patients, or someone choosing assisted suicide for the patient, can see no other options but death. It is not compassionate to permit assisted suicide because many patients do not choose assisted suicide for themselves, doctors can make irreversible mistakes, and we should be focusing on improving the lives that patients already have. Many patients do not choose assisted suicide for themselves. The law for assisted suicide “endangers those who are the least capable of defending themselves” (Smith 1). Some people who go through with assisted suicide are not actually capable of making that big of a decision.
The right to assisted suicide is a compelling issue that concerns people all over the world. Should patients who are terminally ill have the right to doctor-assisted suicide is the major question that have been discussed many years but still, no one can provide an accurate answer. Some are opposed to it because of moral reasons or religious reasons. They think that life is given by parents and a person 's dying actually involves many people, not only their personal things. Others are agree with it because of their respect for the dying.
Brittany Maynard explains to us that the death with dignity law is misunderstood by many people. It is not a suicide drug, it is a way for the person to die by their own terms when they want while consulting with a doctor beforehand. She does not want to die she just does not want let her brain cancer to completely overcome her and in essence, beat her. It allowed the Compassion & Choices to launch a national campaign in an effort to expand the availability of the drug to other states. Contrarily, Morrie was more focuses on giving everyone a moral lesson on life.
Researchers found out today that this disease was caused by an infection in the heart valve. Without the knowledge and technology, we have today we would be oblivious to such disease. Most people would of never knew the problems they had if technology and science was not as strong as it is today. Due to the studies and the technology we have today this allows us to do a “deeper” study whereas back then they learned off of trial and