BIC 3358 and Medical Ethics

Photo Courtesy of https://xavier.vic.libguides.com/ethics/medical Throughout this blog series, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot has been the focus of each post. Within this series, the nature of Mrs. Lacks' treatment while she was a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital was discussed and the ethical implications of the medical abuse she endured at …

Part Two – The Bible and Henrietta Lacks

Animated Photo of Henrietta Lacks with DNA flowing from her hair(https://weidenbachn-visualproject.weebly.com/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks.html) Throughout the composition of this blog, I have focused my efforts on ensuring that readers developed a strong understanding of who Henrietta Lacks was, the importance of her contribution to modern medicine, and the gross medical misconduct that victimized her and her family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lGbAVWhro

Part One – Ethics: the Biblical Perspective

Photo of the Bible (https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/10-powerful-ways-god-speaks-in-the-bible.html) In order to understand the relevance of ethics as it relate to medical practice and scientific research, one must be versed in the relevance of ethics as it relates to the human life. Ethics is best defined as a division of knowledge or set of principles that directs the way …

Is There REALLY a Need for Medical Ethics?

Photo of Medical Ethics Terms (https://www.themedicportal.com/blog/medical-ethics-explained-non-maleficence/) Following the completion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, I was left in a state of mental unrest and emotional anger. I could not help but ask myself how something so horrendous could happen to a woman and her family. I began to center my …

Deborah’s Journey: A Daughter’s Quest for Answers

Deborah Lacks, daughter of Henrietta Lacks (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lacks-20) In the midst of her family's battle over HeLa, Deborah Lacks began drafting newsletters about the medical injustice her mother faced at John Hopkins Hospital and handing them out to anyone who would listen to her. Deborah also worked various jobs as a barber, notary public, chemical mixer, …

Who Are The Lackses?

The "home-house" in Clover, Virginia where Henrietta Lacks was born and where she raised her family prior to her death (https://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Life-Henrietta-Lacks/dp/1400052173). At that point, the family had gone so long without talking about Henrietta, it was almost like she'd never existed, except for her children and those cells.- Cootie, Henrietta Lacks' cousin (The Immortal Life …

The Aftermath: Life after Death

John Hopkins Hospital, home of Henrietta Lacks corpse, in 1951 (https://www.sutori.com/story/hela-timeline--GT9VeNVVXeukPVd192RPMR5N). As Henrietta's body cooled in the "colored" freezer, Gey asked her doctors if they'd do an autopsy.- Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks p. 89) At first glimpse, Dr. Gey's inquiry of Henrietta's potential autopsy seems appropriate for a physician who is …

The History of HeLa

HeLa cells being used in oncology research at BIOCAD - a biotechnology company with sites in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, China, and India (https://www.pharmamirror.com/news-center/world-pharmaceutical-news/biocad-demonstrated-use-hela-cells-oncology-research/) Within the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot investigates the life of Henrietta Lacks and discovers the unfortunate reality of the history of uninformed experimentation on African Americans within the United …

African Americans and Science : The Story of Henrietta Lacks

Photo of Henrietta Lacks Courtesy of #HerStory35 (https://herstory.chickhistory.org/2014/04/05/chick-history-herstory-35-henrietta-lacks-by-gloria-l-blackwell/) The United States of America has always had a dark history of medical experimentation with the African American community. From the the founding of the medical field of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1889 to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment of 1932, African Americans have been the sources of …

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