The case of the Lacks family likely played a huge role in the informed consent

The case of the lacks family likely played a huge

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changes things. The case of the Lacks family likely played a huge role in the informed consent laws that we are lucky to have today. Skloot’s use of rhetorical appeals throughout the novel help support her argument immensely. Pathos seemed to be the most effective rhetorical appeal used because it allows for the reader to step into the shoes of the Lacks family and feel their emotions towards the situation. The argument that respect and informed consent is a duty owed to us by the medical community is proven by this story to be crucial. Without informed consent many families could be in situations like that of the Lacks family and doctors could do whatever they want to you without your knowledge. This novel has definitely changed my views on the topic because before I only ever thought of informed consent as all those papers I have to sign before going to the doctor’s office. Now I am very curious to actually read through a detailed one to see what I consented to and I now appreciate that we have such a thing because the medical community could be taking advantage of us still if informed consent didn’t apply. Through the interviews that Skloot conducted, I feel as though no revolutionary advances could justify the way that the Lacks family was treated. The biggest thing is they should have been notified immediately once the cells continued living because them finding out later only extended their grieving.
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Stafford 5 Works Cited Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks . Broadway Books, 2010.
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