Analysis Of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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The past couple of weeks I read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book is a must read for anyone that study’s medical research, even if your not you should read it anyways. The book tells the story of a women, Henrietta Lacks, and her family. Ms. Lacks was treated for cervical cancer at John 's Hopkins in 1951. Her malignant cervical cells which are now called HeLa were collected and distributed to become the first immortal cell line generally used for scientific research. Ms. Lacks had no clue what they were doing or what the papers she signed meant and neither did her family. What is remarkable about the Lacks story is relating the development of biomedical study morals in that time, which was in the 1940s-70s with the moral problems that we face today. At the time of HeLa cell spreading, informed consent was at the forefront of discussion, while in our current time we have fought with two main elements of morals in biomedical research which are privacy and managing conflicts of interest. The HIPAA privacy rule launched nationally security standards and safeguards for the use of electric health care information as well as the establishment of privacy standards for…show more content…
Personal privacy is a big pro that HIPAA provides. HIPAA has made strict requirements to allow the individual to control his/her own private medical history and any other related and delicate information. The requirements allow the person the right to access and correct his/her information and even clearly state on how or to whom the data should be disclosed. For this reason, it improved the protection and unnecessary sharing of peoples personal data. Another great pro to HIPAA is the Internet and how much information you can find with a simple click of a button. The book talks a little about Deborah and the first time she used the Internet to find more about her mother and other cases related to her
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