Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Chapter Breakdown (Summary) PART I – LIFE Chapter 1: “The Exam” Skloot focuses on the first stages of Henrietta’s cancer, incorporating Henrietta’s dialogue of her initial discovery—“I got a knot in my womb.” The word “knot” is repeated throughout this chapter to show it is not something that should be dismissed as irrelevant. Skloot briefly describes the historical context of the times; the racial segregation of the hospitals reveals the dynamic of a “colored” patient being seen by a white doctor. This chapter shows the first doctor visits that Henrietta goes through; the condition of her cervix is completely ignored. Chapter 2: “Clover” Skloot moves us back in time a
Rebecca didn’t get any of the information in the book from any website. This book wasn’t written until after the death of Henrietta. She actually took time to cooperate with Henrietta’s family, friends, lawyers, doctors, ethicists and also many journalists who’ve written about the Lacks family. The main person that Rebecca has taken information from is Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks personal journals. She didn’t just take information from human figures but from archival photos, documents, and scientific and historical research.
Ethical Principles Paper: Cancer Cell Research University of Phoenix Not a lot of people are familiar with the story of Henrietta Lacks. Before taking this course, I had no idea who she was, and the contributions she continues to make to this world. Henrietta Lacks was a black woman born in Virginia on August 1, 1920. For several years, scientists have been looking for a way to grow human cells outside the body, but no cell survived for more than a couple of days outside of the body. Henrietta Lacks cells from her tumor made their way to the laboratory of a researcher named Dr. George Otto Gey.
Soon after this form was signed George Gey would diagnose Henrietta with an advanced stage of cervical cancer. As Dr. Lawrence Wharton Jr., prepared to treat Henrietta’s tumor during a particular appointment he collected tissue samples from her infected cervix. Skloot points out, “Though no one had told Henrietta that Telinde was collecting samples or asked if she wanted to be a donor” (33). Furthermore, Dr. Wharton wrote in Henrietta’s chart, “The patient tolerated the procedure well and left the operating room in good condition.” On a separate page he wrote, “Henrietta Lacks…Biopsy of cervical tissue…Tissue given to Dr. George Gey.” (33). Why was it necessary to record the biopic treatment on a separate page?
Wit Vivian Bearing, a demanding uncompromising english professor, specializing in the sonnets of John Donne, lacked the essential human relationships throughout her adult life. When diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, a terminal illness, the only relationships that she had over her research chemotherapy treatments were her doctors and the nurses who looked after her. One of Vivian's relationships within the hospital over the time she spent there was with her doctor Jason Posner. Doctors are the ones that we entrust our life with in times of sickness, we believe that they know what is best to do. We also believe that they will use their judgment as a doctor and a human being to do what is best for our health and comfort.
I entered my intro to sociology class this semester without any knowledge of who Henrietta Lacks was and how she so greatly and unknowingly changed the future of science. That all changed when my professor handed to the class a book called “The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” written by Rebecca Skloot; on the cover was a black and white photo of a woman in a dress suit, smiling and hair pinned up. With hands on hips she appeared to be an ordinary beautiful woman, but her life and the story to follow after her death was everything but ordinary. Without her knowledge or consent and unrelated to her treatment doctors at John Hopkins Hospital took some of Henrietta Lacks’s cells from her cervix for research. Those cells and the trillions that would soon grow from them became the cornerstone of a “medical revolution” and have become one of the most important tools in science.
“Voices: Cancer Patients Speak Out” Video Summary 05/06/2013 1. Shawana Sanders, 28, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After doing a self-breast examination, she felt a mass. She also was experiencing pain down the right side of her body that kept coming back. Shawana underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and underwent a partial mastectomy to remove the remainder of the tumor and some breast tissue around the site.
MORE PRAISE FOR The IMMORTAL LIFE of HENRIETTA LACKS “No one can say exactly where Henrietta Lacks is buried: during the many years Rebecca Skloot spent working on this book, even Lacks’s hometown of Clover, Virginia, disappeared. But that did not stop Skloot in her quest to exhume, and resurrect, the story of her heroine and her family. What this important, invigorating book lays bare is how easily science can do wrong, especially to the poor. The issues evoked here are giant: who owns our bodies, the use and misuse of medical authority, the unhealed wounds of slavery … and Skloot, with clarity and compassion, helps us take the long view. This is exactly the sort of story that books were made to tell—thorough, detailed, quietly passionate, and full of revelation.” —TED CONOVER, author of Newjack and The Routes of Man “It’s extremely rare when a reporter’s passion nds its match in a story.
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