Match These Quotes to Famous Medical Books

Ariel Harsinay


July 30, 2018

The answer is D. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

This book follows the story of a woman who unknowingly revolutionized the fate of modern medicine. Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer in Baltimore, Maryland, who went to Johns Hopkins Hospital after facing abdominal issues. During her stay at Hopkins, Lacks' physicians took her cells without consent. These cells are now known as HeLa cells, and are used around the world in research. HeLa cells have been responsible for the polio vaccine, an immense amount of our knowledge on cancer and HIV/AIDS, and our ability for cloning and gene mapping.

Despite the revolutionary nature of HeLa cells, Lacks died before receiving any knowledge of the removal of her cells without consent, let alone compensation. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot delves into the racial injustices, politics of medicine, and ethics behind medicine and taking cells without consent. Skloot delivers a comprehensive description of Henrietta Lacks' story while addressing these core themes of injustices, tying together the narrative with the idea that Henrietta Lacks has been immortalized, as HeLa cells are used and duplicated all over the world.[11]


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