Why Doctors Should Stop Exploiting Humans in Their Research

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Why Doctors should Stop Exploiting Humans in Their Research
​/The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks/ by Rebecca Skloot is a book that talks about a woman who faced difficulty in her life. This woman had hard time in her life just because she was an African American. As a result, she did not get good education and medical care when she needed them. As she got older, she had cervical cancer. She went to the hospital several times to get medicine for her disease, but her doctors were unable to treat her at that time. Instead of treating her, they took her cells without her permission to do research on them. After couple months, she passed away. However, somehow her cells were different from anyone, and they never die. Her doctors exploited her cells by using them in their research, and transferring them to other countries. They took a lot of benefits from her cells. They got about million dollars from her cells, but they did not give her family any benefits even health insurance. There are some doctors today who do think of doing unethical research on their patients, even if they are going to harm them. They exploit them in order to help other people, and to be famous. Doctors should stop exploiting humans in their researches because it harms both doctors and patients. ​First of all, exploiting some patients on medical researches may cause losing many patients trust." One of the most vital forces sustaining a successful relationship is the element of trust. Trust is fundamental to the physician-patient relationship"(Chin 580). It is very important for doctors to be trusted by patients. Doctors without trust are nothing even if they are really smart. People like to go to doctors whom they are trust rather than smart doctors who they do not trust. According to Chin, "Patients generally view trust as an interactive process, requiring care, concern and compassion, with listening as a central focus." (580). Also, the consequences of losing patient trust will not just...
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