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understand that the information provided is a true account of the journey of Henrietta’s cells. The novel begins with Skloot remarking on all the people she had the honor of meeting through her journey to uncover Henrietta’s life, "that phone call would mark the beginning of a decade long
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Stafford 2 adventure through scientific laboratories, hospitals, and mental institutions, with a cast of characters" (Skloot 6). By using a wide variety of reliable sources, Skloot is able to inform the reader that these events did truly occur as recorded and forms the basis for her argument. Logos is used in Skloot’s argument that the Lacks family was treated unethically. Henrietta’s cells were first taken without her consent, were bought and sold by the billion, she received no compensation, her family was notified years later that her cells were still living. During one of Skloot’s interactions with Day he says, “I didn’t sign no papers. I just told them they could do a topsy. Nothin else. Them doctors never said nuthin about keepin her alive in no tubes or growin no cells” (164). Logos was used to make a logical argument about the treatment that the Lacks family should have received. It also provides support to Skloot’s argument that the medical field has a duty to require consent by illustrating all the ways they took advantage of the Lacks family. There are numerous ways that the Lacks family was treated unethically that is supported throughout the facts presented, this builds Skloot’s argument that informed consent is necessary to avoid this unfair treatment.
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