How To Write An Essay On The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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I've been reading the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book is about a black woman who died of a cervical cancer in 1951 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Doctors took a cell from her cervix without any consent of her or her family. Her cells are still alive today, growing and multiplying. After this event her family will never be the same. The family discovered it more than two decades later that part of Henrietta was still alive and has been used as a medical research. In that era black people didn't have the equal rights as white people did, and most of them didn't have money to pay the medical checkups and for that reason doctors use them as a research without let them know as the author states "Many scientist believed that since patients were treated for free …show more content…
Her cells were famous and the family didn't have any information about it. When the Lacks family discovered it was in the 1970 when doctors asked the family for a blood test, the family thought that they might have the same disease that kill Henrietta, but the real thing was that the doctors wanted to learn more about Henrietta cells and they wanted to use the family DNA. The family didn't know what was a cell or what was all this about that part of Henrietta was still alive and the doctors didn't explain to them. The family didn't have the capacity to understand, because they didn't know about science or medical issue. Also another problem that the family faced was that Henrietta medical record was published without their permission and the family didn't know how they got it. Also the family was angry to the doctors because they were selling and sold Henrietta cells and launch multibillion dollar of industry while her family couldn't effort for a medical care and nether get any money from this, that situation upset her sons so

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