Gey noticed that the cells grew exponentially in a short span of time, which was the same rate at which they were growing and spreading. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was never spoken of. Lacks was poor and black and the researchers were rich and white. It was a four bedroom log cabin with plank floors and gas lanterns. Henrietta Lacks was a beautiful, strong, independent, black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. She goes to John Hopkins Hospital for treatment.
One of the biggest contributions of. Racial disparities persisted even after restricting the analysis to patients who had physician access before their diagnosis. It has led to vaccines being created for illnesses like polio, smallpox, chickenpox and mumps. In these ways, Henrietta and the Lacks family were exploited by the doctors. Words: 1339 - Pages: 6. Evolutionary biologist Leigh Van Valen 1935-2010 reported the He-La cells had developed into a new species and was no longer human. How would Deborah's life have been changed? She wrestled with inadequate and misleading information, such as statement that what was the very essence of her mother, through cell-fusion, could now be combined with plants and animals.
The challenge of maintaining these standards for conduct, where even the minutest misunderstanding might cause years of disassociation seems to be as formidable as any. Lastly, the justice principle in research compels that benefits made from the research should be well contributed Scannell, 2010. She was known to be a very kind, loving, and helpful young woman. Henrietta Lacks' children, for decades, lived in poverty, with one son homeless. He eventually realized that these cells were not normal.
Medical doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath which requires its takers to practice medicine ethically and honestly. To Deborah, such crude unqualified information meant her mother was somewhere in a man-made hell. Her cells live on in research laboratories all over the world providing priceless leads to scientists studying the genetic changes that can change a normal cell into a malignant one. Hatteras taken by Yanks-- women and children fleeing. It contains detailed information right from when Henrietta suspected something was wrong too when she had to be driven all the way to John Hopkins Hospital for a more intensive checkup Skloot, 2010. In this essay, I will relate the article to the book by bringing to surface thoughts you may or may not have critically pondered throughout the reading. They wanted recognition more than compensation.
What gives cells these unique traits? The specifics of ethics changes as values in our society change and evolve. While obtaining freedom and rights have been achieved in Dr. With beneficence, the researchers should minimize profits while they avoid harming participants. What the doctors and researchers did… The HeLa cells were discovered in 1951 from Henrietta Lacks. Finally, it is obvious that Rebecca Skloot wrote Immortal with good intentions. The doctors expected the cells to die after a short period of time like all other cells do.
Her cells helped scientists find new ways to treat cancer, herpes, influenza, and Parkinson's. For example, an article written by Martin A. Submitted By kiajanae Words 530 Pages 3 August 3, 2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Loretta Pleasant, also known Henrietta Lacks, Hennie and many other names was born August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. Skloot uses specific quotes and frames situations in such a way to keep the readers feeling sympathetic towards Henrietta. What is the difference between the two and how does noninvasive carcinoma grow? The book described that several things were wrong with Henrietta, besides the cervical cancer. Even if he had, Henrietta would not have been able to say no. The two examples below help support the opposing viewpoints.
Regents of University of California Moore vs Regents www. Words: 354 - Pages: 2. September is National Preparedness Month. Two diseases due to chromosomal disorders include Down syndrome and Turner syndrome. As Grady mentions in her article, there were other issues involved, including differences in race, class and education between the family and the researchers.
The real issue is that Henrietta and her family were kept in the dark and were not given a chance to give real informed consent as previously described. Skloot pointed out that more than 60,000 studies were published by researchers who used the He-La cells, thus advancing their careers and professional prestige of the institutions which employed them. She perfectly combines scientific knowledge with emotional impact in the book. Schussler First-Year Foundations 5 December 2011 Henrietta Lacks Reflection Henrietta Lacks is a mother, wife, and scientific discovery. Words: 636 - Pages: 3. Henriettas cells however did not die. He filled out his applications for college in September of 2015, including an application for early decision to Queens University.
We believe that the opposing views are going to mainly be that we are crazy. In the pre-war years, these close ties had become strong out of a mutual attempt to try to built a life in the rugged environment they encountered. Download file to see next pages Read More. The first immortal human cell line, HeLa cells were widely distributed and provided the basis for many important biomedical advances. Words: 449 - Pages: 2. However, when developing a drug for patients who are facing a potentially terminal diagnosis such as cancer patients, the ethics of using clinical trials becomes extremely murky. Define informed consent and explain why it is important to document the process.
George Gey and his wife Margaret had been studying and growing cell cultures for years. They try to visualise what kind of a person she would have been. The problem however, is not over ownership of the tissues. Similarly, while Skloot did gain recognition for the book, so did Henrietta Lacks and her family. Although Rebecca Skloot mentions in her afterword that the Lacks family has little to no legal rights pertaining to this issue now, she says this is partly because the statute of limitations has passed 328. The very fact that Skloot has written on tissue ownership rights and, race and medicine, implies that she has researched both topics well and is an authority on them. She was short and beautiful.