The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Reflection

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Ashley Shackelford
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Reflection

MORALITY- after Deborah and Rebecca visited the asylum that treated Deborah’s sister, they visited one of Deborah’s cousins, Gary, who was a preacher and helped Deborah by praying. This was new to Rebecca. (291) this is an example of morality because it was a belief that Gary and Deborah held, which was not shared by Rebecca.

MORAL PROBLEMS- John Moore had a cancerous spleen and his lawsuit against David Golde for marketing a line of his cells, Mo cells. (200) This is an example of a moral problem because of the ordeal of who owns the patent, the scientist or the patient the cells came from.

MORAL UNCERTAINITY- When the doctor asks Day if they could do an autopsy on Henrietta and to run tests to help his children. (89-90) this is an example of moral uncertainty, because the doctors just wanted to run tests on Henrietta for research reasons rather than helping her children.

MORAL DISTRESS- Deborah and her family could have fought John Hopkins for the profits of using Henrietta’s cells, but Deborah was busy. (195) this is an example of moral distress because the family felt it was the right thing to do, but they could not afford the time or money in order to proceed with fighting John Hopkins.

SELF DETERMINATION- The family had the right to refuse to talk to Rebecca about their mother. (54) I think this example relates to self determination because it is about the right to say no, and the family first said no to Rebecca when she called wanting to discuss their mother and about the book she wanted to write.

BENEFIENCE- John Hopkins Hospital, The founder of the hospital said the purpose of the hospital was to help those in need, who could not afford health care regardless of sex, color, age, etc. (166) This is an example of beneficence because the purpose of the hospital was to do good for the patients who came to the hospital.

NONMALFIENCE- When Henrietta was dying; the...
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