Rebecca Skloot Analysis

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In “Part 1: Life” of “The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, she starts telling us the life of Henrietta, where she grew, that she married Day, and everything she went trough with her cancer. But, more than that, Skloot is trying to show us the ethical, social, and health issues black people had back in those days, and also she wants to let us know how lucky we are to live in this period where we have a lot of opportunities, racism is not a strong movement but still affects the society a little, and of course give thanks to the advances of the medical and science world most of it because of the HeLa cells. First, when we talk about ethics we talk about moral principles, what is good and what is bad. Throughout the book the author starts showing us the unethical things doctors use to do. For example, on Chapter 3 she writes “Like many doctors of his era, Telinde often used patients from the public wards for research, usually without their knowledge. Many scientists believed that since patients were treated for free …show more content…

In those Days being black was like being an animal, people would treat you different and you had no opportunities of becoming successful. As soon as we start reading the book Rebecca let us know that this was the time when black people had to go to different bathrooms, had different treatments, in less words they could not do what white people did. As stated on the book “This was the era of Jim Crow-when black people showed up at white-only hospitals, the staff was likely to send them away, even if it meant they might die in the parking lot. Even Hopkins, which did treat black patients, segregated them in colored wards and had colored-only fountains.”(p.15). People use to think, that black people were inferior to the white race. Another good examples of the society problem, is when we get to know Carrell, the mad racist scientist, who wrote a book named “Man, the

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