Book Analysis:The immortal life of Henrietta lacks
Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks came to know about Henrietta when she was in college. Even though the book highlights the aspect of medicine developments in the time of Henrietta, it also addresses the key issues that affected the society. People were oppressed and stigmatized because of their class and color.
It also shows how gender issues affected the lives of people during the time of Henrietta. As the book addresses the greater contribution on Henrietta in the world of medicine it also shows how social environment affected the people. (Skloot, 2010, p. 360). Henrietta Lacks was a black woman who used to work in Tobacco farms.
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(Scloot, 2010, p.372). Social environment also involves interactions. A woman was regarded inferior in gender. The social environment was that women had little say even when making major decisions. Even after Henrietta’s cells were used in making great medical advancements, it took decades before people knew about it.
She was a savior to the world as far as medicine was concerned but to the social environment, she was just a woman. This, therefore, is a theoretical explanation the human behavior and the social environment. There is no doubt that Henrietta is an important person to the human race. Her cells led to great developments in science and medicine.
Skloot, R., & Turpin, B. (2010). The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks (p. 369). New York: Crown Publishers.