The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | Study Guide

Rebecca Skloot

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the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-rebecca-sklootBobbette Lacks, Chapter 21he didn’t donate nothing. They took them and didn’t ask.Sources: New York Times, Nieman Storyboard, Radiolab, RebeccaSkloot.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Photo of Henrietta LacksSymbolizes Henriettas spirit and her familys lossesCrownsville HospitalRepresents racism in medicine, abuse, and abandonmentHeLa CellsSymbolize medical research and dubious ethicsSymbolsRebecca SklootJournalist and author who investigates the history of Henrietta and her family; sets up a foundation to benefit the familyHenrietta LacksImpoverished African American woman; died of cancer at age 31, after which doctors used her cells freely for researchDeborah LacksHenrietta Lackss daughter; helps Rebecca Skloot uncover what happened to her mother and older sisterMain CharactersSkloot first heard of Henrietta Lacks in a high school biology class, where the subject immediately grabbed her attention. When she took her first writing class years later, she started to write about Lacks. It took more than 10 years of writing and research to produce her best-selling book.REBECCA SKLOOTBORN 1972AuthorThe Lacks family helped Rebecca Skloot research Henrietta and Elsie Lacks.A Familys Search for InformationDoctors used Henriettas cells without permission and lied to her family.A Question of Ethics in MedicineHenrietta Lackss poverty and race affected how doctors treated her.Medical Mistreatment Because of Racism After Henrietta Lacks died of cancer, scientists used her cells to develop cures and save lives. But her familytoo poor to afford medical insurance—never gave permission or received compensation. Lackss life, death, and afterlife raise glaring ethical questions. MAIN IDEASLife, Death & a Question of EthicsEnglishOriginal Language2010Year PublishedRebecca SklootAuthorThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksDramaNonfiction

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