The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
After reading the Few Words here are some of the things that I have learned about this book. To start of I realized that this book is nonfiction. With that being said everything in this book is real information including the character names, and events. I noticed that Rebecca Skloot has taken a huge part of her life and set it to the side so that she could write this book on Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca didn’t get any of the information in the book from any website. This book wasn’t written until after the death of Henrietta.
She actually took time to cooperate with Henrietta’s family, friends, lawyers, doctors, ethicists and also many journalists who’ve written about the Lacks family. The main person that Rebecca has taken information from is Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks personal journals. She didn’t just take information from human figures but from archival photos, documents, and scientific and historical research. She also made sure that all of her information that she had was very accurate by conducting multiple interviews with different sources.
One word that a reader will see throughout this book is HeLa. The word HeLa is used to discuss to the cells grown from Lacks cervix. Rebecca states that the history of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells raises important issues regarding race, science, class and also ethics.
After I finished reading the prologue this is what I got out of it. When I started reading this part of the book Rebecca Skloot shared with us how she stared at a picture on a wall of a woman she never met. After reading a little bit more I realized that this lady was Henrietta Lacks. In the picture Lacks was looking straight into the camera with a big smile on her face and her hands on her hips. From what I could understand she was a beautiful brown skin young lady who hadn’t reached the age of thirty yet. It seemed to me as if Henrietta never showed how her health life had affected her.
After her cells...