Jessica Jorge Rebecca Lemanski ENGL 104 29 April 2013 Exploratory FD It’s Better to Give Than to Receive Henrietta Lack’s cells were, for the most part, vital to the progression of modern medicine. Her cells were also used in order to develop a vaccine to the polio disease, cloning, gene mapping, in virto fertilization, and many other dieseases. This woman’s cells were bought by the billions, but she didn’t see a dime. Henrietta Lacks, and her struggle with ethics, race, and equality is told in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The inspiring book has raised many questions in regard to the life of Henrietta Lacks, but, all in all, is it truly better to give than to receive? In the 1950’s, things were extremely different than the society we know today. The 1950’s was a time when the medical field was taking a giant leaps in advancement. Advancements such as the polio vaccine, the pacemaker, the first open heart surgery, and many others had been conjured during the time of Henrietta Lacks.