- The Immortality of Henrietta Lacks reflects the inequality of medical care within
economic and ethnic groups in 1951 and beyond. This is a moral and economic
issue that has been with the United States probably since the beginning. As we
are a capitalistic society, do you think the government has any obligation to
provide for those who cannot (and sometimes will not) provide for themselves?
Using Henrietta Lacks and her family as a focus, defend your opinon.
- Skloot writes on page 31, “Henrietta signed a consent form that said, “I hereby
give consent to the staff of The Johns Hopkins Hospital to perform any operative
prodedures and under any anaesthetic either local or general that they may
deem necessary in the proper surgical care and treatment of ___”
After signing this, did Henrietta give consent for the medical team to do what
was done to her? In regards to this, what rights do you think her family should
have now? Why? You must use events from the book to back your answer.
- Use Henrietta Lacks and her family to reflect what life was like for black
American women of lower economic status during the 1950s and now. What
remained the same for the Lacks women, and what changed? In your opinion,
does this reflect on America as a whole?