Henrietta Lacks is not a common household name, yet in the scientific and medical world it has become one of the most important and talked names of the century. Up until the time that this book was written, very few people knew of Henrietta Lacks and how her cells contributed to modern science, but Rebecca Skloot aimed to change this. Eventually Skloot was able to reach Henrietta’s remaining family and through them she was able to tell the story of not only the importance of the HeLa cells but also Henrietta’s life.
Chelcie Tjoeng Mrs. Moskovitz English II Honors/Period 4 28 April 2017 1. Title of Work: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 2. Author and Date Written: Rebecca Skloot; 2010 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is about Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line, which all started from her cervical cancer in 1951. This
Part 1 summary of “The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks” Can you imagine going to the doctor and doing whatever that doctor told you was the best for you without asking questions? Well that is what patients did in the 1950s, especially African Americans, who were still being victims of racial prejudice and segregation. In this book, the author, Rebecca Skloot tells us about Henrietta Lacks, a 31 year old African American woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and trusted her doctors, who took a sample of her cells without her knowledge. These cells would help in scientific discoveries that helped millions of people. Henrietta died of cancer and her family is devastated when they find out that the cells had been taken without permission, and that they were being sold for profit.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an amazing, real life story about an African American woman in 1950’s United States who contributed to science without ever knowing, but written from the author, Rebecca Skloot’s perspective as a scientific investigator. In the beginning of the book we learn a lot about Henrietta from her rough childhood to her marriage and five kids. From the start of this book it is obvious that Henrietta knows she is sick. She found a lump on her cervix so she went to the free clinic for African Americans at Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was determined that this “knot” that Mrs. Lacks found was a tumor. During the process of testing and treating the tumor with radium xray, Dr. George Gay had some of the tumor’s tissue
A Deeper Look at The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot begins The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with a quote from Elie Wiesel from The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code by stating, “We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own source of anguish, and with some measure of triumph” (Skloot n.p.). Clearly, the author chose this quote to portray that every human being should be seen as valuable and not objectified in the eyes of others. However, in 1951, a time when the Jim Crow Laws enforced racial segregation in the South, this mindset excluded all colored patients, including a woman named Henrietta Lacks. The Immortal
Rebecca Skloot wrote The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It was published in New York by Broadway Books in 2010 and has 381 pages. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer and this book is about the mistreatment that she endured as an African American woman by doctors before and after her death.
Source Type: Internet Article Citation: Smithsonian, 2010. Cracking the Code of the Human Genome: Henrietta Lacks’ ‘Immortal Cells’. (Extracts from ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ (Rebecca Skloot, 2010)) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/henrietta-lacks-immortal-cells-6421299/ [Accessed 26th June 2017].
At the very end of the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks “ written by Rebecca Skloot turned the Henrietta’s story about how religious beliefs and spiritual changes the Lacks family views and get over their mother’s death. The question is; how did the Lacks family’s understanding about religion and spirituality to not be worried about Henrietta’s deaths and become optimistic? The first thing is the struggle to get over and release the burden about Henrietta’s death.The persuasion of Gary’s preaching and religion belief affect to Deborah, and the honor revolution for her mom. Lastly, the spirituality is about the message of God by sending Henrietta orders to fulfill the very important mission that God can’t do is saving our people’s lives, so he recalled Henrietta as an angel to make his wish came true.
Hearts That Shown Through Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells the story of the evolution of HeLa cells through life, death, and immorality. She introduces the Lacks family: Henrietta, Day, Deborah, Lawrence, Gladys, Elsie, Sonny, and other intermediate relatives involved. Over the decades, death consumed several family members but it never kept them from remembering… the thief of Henrietta’s cells.
Summer Reading Essay The passage that stood out the most to me in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was Chapter 32, “All That’s My Mother”. Throughout the book, the Lackses suffered greatly from the stress that came with knowledge of Henrietta’s cells. Upon discovering the role HeLa cells had in
The author Rebecca Skloot describes an old photograph of a beautiful, brave looking young woman - the woman is Henrietta Lacks, the main character of the book. A few months before she lost her battle to cervical cancer, a doctor extracted some of her cancer cells. Her cells went on to survive and multiply indefinitely in the laboratory environment, which were the first human cells to do such a thing. Her cells have led to much medical advancement. Skloot seeks to engage the reader's sympathy for Henrietta Lacks and her family by describing her experiences with racism, ignorance, and injustice prior to and after her death from cancer. The author constantly explores the issue of patient rights to the readers by analyzing these injustices.
Truly such a great read with a powerful story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a non-fiction book that is about Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line, commonly known as HeLa. Taken without her knowledge, the renowned cells were collected from her cervical cancer cells in 1951. Lacks’ cells became one of the vital tools in medicine, essential for developing the polio immunization, cloning, gene mapping, and many more. Controversy rose when Henrietta’s cells were purchased and sold by the billions, yet she remains for all intents and purposes obscure, and her family cannot manage the cost of medical insurance.
Analyzing Henrietta’s Life Haley Kalskett Clarkson College Abstract The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, tells the story of the Lacks family. It tells the story of how their family has helped with many medical discovers and scientific discovers. Rebecca Skloot talks about how the family deals with the news of Henrietta’s cells being used
When I received the novel, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, I took a quick glance at
The theme I have selected for my book is “...Despite one’s best effort, humanity will not always return the favor. Life is not a balanced scale; life is a dance of give and take that can leave one person on top of the world and another buried six feet under.” This theme can be linked to my poster’s slogan: “It is possible to be chained by the stories we have yet to tell,” because the chains that bound the Lacks family were the cause of the unjustness they were subjected to. The image I selected represents my slogan and the characters in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because they felt locked up, left to rot as they wondered what had happened to their mother. The chains are the lies, the secrets, and the manipulations that the Lacks family