Prior To Henrietta’S Operation, Written Permission Was

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Prior to Henrietta’s operation, written permission was attained. However, it simply described that the medical staff could provide local or general anesthetic to perform surgery. It does not address the ethical issue of obtaining consent for the medical staff to acquire tissue samples for research. Dr. Lawerence Wharton, Jr. performed the procedure to treat Henrietta’s cancer as well as gain samples of Ms. Lacks’ tissues from her tumor and another sample from her healthy cervical tissue while lacking consent for the procedures and disclosures, explanation of the procedures and her rights, plus the use of the tissue samples in research (BACB, 2014, 2.05 rights and prerogatives of clients, 2.06 maintaining confidentiality, 2.08…show more content…
Although some people believed that Dr. Gey made a profit using HeLa cell line, this is untrue. In the 1950s, scientists willingly shared specimens with each other free of charge (Skloot, 2010, p. 194). Between early June 1951 and Henrietta’s death on October 4, 1951, doctors involved in her treatment would continue to violate ethics code. Henrietta complained of discomfort in early June that morphed into pain. During the 1950s, segregation was still occurring in the country (Skloot, 2010, p. 63). Therefore, it was common for black patients to not question white professionals (Skloot, 2010, p. 63). It was also common practice for doctors to withhold information from patients so they would not be upset or confused by medical terms such as cancer (Skloot, 2010, p. 63). Within two months, the pain was so severe she could be heard screaming a block away from her home (Skloot, 2010, p. 65). By the time doctors examined her properly, she was inoperable and a “stony hard mass” (Skloot, 2010, p. 64) could be felt on her abdomen. The doctors during previous follow up visits wrote notes about her complaints but still stated no evidence of reoccurrence. Therefore, these unnamed doctors did not demonstrate appropriate professionalism because they neglected to perform a thorough exam required to give Henrietta a proper diagnosis breaching codes: 1.04 integrity, 1.07a exploitative relationship, 2.09 treatment/intervention

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