Essay on Dr. George Gey 's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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Dr.George Gey is looked at by some as a selfish man who did cell culture research as a means of gaining fame and fortune at the expense of others. This is simply not true, as Dr.Gey was a truly selfless man, whose only goal was to expand the horizons of what cell culture research could bring for the better good of the human race regardless of how much money or fame he got.

Dr.Gey was never a man with a silver spoon in his mouth. “According to Rebecca Skloot author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” when Gey was attending the University of Pittsburgh he had to stop numerous times to work as a carpenter so he could save up enough money to continue the pursuit of his studies (Skloot). This shows the pure utter determination he had to achieve what he truly cared about. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr.Gey witnessed what that goal he wanted to achieve was going to be (Skloot).

As a student, Gey spent quite a bit of time in area hospitals where he was able to see the destructive nature of cancer. He then decided what he wanted to do was to discover the cause and cure of cancer (Skloot). The fact that he did not wonder what would be in it for him and only cared about the task of the discovery and destruction of cancer shows a truly selfless motive of Dr.Gey. When it came to Dr.Gey’s first lab it was in a small janitor’s quarter at John Hopkins. Him and his wife Margaret had to pay for most everything when it came to fixing it up to work as a lab…

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