The Immortal Life ofHenrietta Lacks<br />Written by Rebecca Skloot<br />Creative response by: Kimberly Bradford<br />
Two Sides to Every Story<br />Scientist/Doctor<br />The advances of modern medicine outweigh the rights of the patient<br />Once a doctor takes your cells, and he creates something from them, it becomes his property and invention<br />Patient<br />A patient has a right to compensation for anything that comes from their body<br /> The knowledge of what is being done with their cells<br />
Medicine & Science<br />Researchers value the potential advances in science over the patient’s privacy and well-being.<br />They not only took Henrietta's cells, but made many other cell lines without informing the patient, or giving them compensation<br />“Mo”<br />
“Mo” Cell Line<br />John Moore sued his doctor David Golde for “deceiving him and using his body without consent”<br />Supreme Court of California ruled, “When tissues are removed from your body, with or without consent, any claim you might have to owning them vanishes” <br />This gave doctors the first opportunity to patent cell lines<br />The court suggested all doctors “disclose any financial interests in patient tissues” even though no law technically required it <br />
My Reaction<br />I was surprised to find how slow the courts were to make law to protect the right’s of patient’s. It took a span of at least 30 years to begin making laws requiring doctors to get consent forms and disclose information to a patient.<br />I know if someone took my cells and created something from them without my knowledge or permission, I would feel violated and scared of what else doctors can do.<br />
The Lacks Family<br />They were in the dark about the status of their relative’s cells. <br />The fact that they were poor, and came from a history of slavery makes the circumstances look biased towards a specific race.<br />Early in American history, black American’s were treated horribly in cases such as the Tuskegee study, and HeLa injections themselves.<br />
My Reaction<br />Throughout school I have learned about the civil rights movement and how African American's were treated. This book made it more real because by the end Henrietta seems so real. I felt the pain her family felt when they found out, and it makes my sense of well-being much more acute.<br />
Importance of Responsible Journalism<br />This novel shows how journalism can be good and bad. <br />At first, the Lacks had no clue about the cells partly because of the journalists publishing the incorrect name.<br />Once responsible journalists, such as the author of this book, helped them understand, they were more willing to share their story.<br />
My Reaction<br />As a student at UT, this book proves how important it is to use reliable sources and cite them all correctly.<br />Everyone deserves credit for their work whether it be cells, writing, pictures, or anything else you create.<br />
The Meaning of the Book as a Whole<br />Medically, doctors should always disclose information to patients, but sometimes scientific advances outweigh the doctor-patient confidentiality. <br />It is always important to cite sources and give credit where it is due.<br />Family is always important, even after death Henrietta was important to her relatives.<br />
Works Cited<br />Google Images<br />http://www.resourcesforlife.com/docs/item2528<br />Books<br />Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. New York: Broadway Paperbacks, 2010.<br />Song<br />Redding, O. (1965). “Respect” (Recorded by Aretha Franklin). On “Aretha in Paris” (Record). United States : Stax Records<br />
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