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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Chapter 22

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by Sara Srochi on 15 November 2012

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr Chapter 22: "The Fame she so richly deserves" By: JT Tinsley and Sara Srochi Logos, Ethos Pathos Logos Page 172: "A few months after Gey's death, Howard Jones and sevearal other Hopkins colleagues...decided to write an article about the history of the HeLa cell as a tribute to Gey's career." The Logos in this chapter mainly relate to Gey's accomplishments as a scientist since this is the chapter in which Gey dies. Eathos Not many ethos were found during this chapter because of the lack of expireince with Henrietta that these people had, causing them to have the wrong information. "...because he received a letter from Howard W. Jones that left 'no doubt that HeLa cells were named after Henrietta Lacks." (page 176) Pathos This chapter was filled with theories about the true identity of Hela that people believed, thus making them pathos "...he was furious. If this cancer was going to kill him, he wanted it to help advance the science process." (page 171) {talking about Gey;s feelings of his surgeons not taking a sample from his tumor}

"According to Howard Jones and other gynecologic oncologists I talked with, the correct diagnosis would not have changed the way Henrietta was treated." (page 171)

"Nelson-Rees had been in the audience when Gartler presented his infamous research, and he was one if the few scientists believed him." (page 174) {On the man who discovered that contaminated cancer cells were from Henrietta Lacks. Race was apparent in this chapter because the way Henrietta and her the issues about her cells are being brought up 20 years after her death. Race ^_^ We took a in depth look and found many examples of Race! "...the American negro from whose cervical tumor they originated. (Skloot 175) "...He didn't warn researchers when he found that their cells had been contaminated with Hela. (Skloot 174) "When he saw the photographs of her biopsy, he immediatley realized that her tumor had been misdiagnosed." (page 172) "This was the first time Henrietta's name appeared in print." (page 173) Summary The chapter starts off with George Gey's death. Some research is done later on HeLa and it turns out that Henrietta's tumor was misdiagnosed. This then starts an uproar about who Henrietta is. Many think she is Helen Lane and come up with many crazy assumptions about her. Its been almost 20 years since her death, yet her cells live on. "Some said he had been Gey's secretary, or maybe even his mistress. Others said she was a prostitute of the streets near Hopkins..." (page 175) "And the media didn't seem to notice,
untill news hit that the Russian cells
had been contaminated by American
ones." (page 174) "...That those cultures had been contaminated with Hela. (Skloot 174) "... Russian scientists claimed they'd found a cancer virus in cells from Russian cancer patients. (Skloot 174) also sexism Characterzation Gey's personality shines through in this chapter. Much like Henrietta, his true character showed through during the time of his death Literary Devices "They worried that cutting into the cancer might kill him. Despite Gey's wishes, they sewed him up without taking any samples. (Skloot 171) (irony) Here are many of the literary devices Skloot used in this chapter "...Gey learned he had the disease he'd spent his entire life trying to fight. And he had, one of its most deadly forms: pancreatic cancer. (Skloot 170) (irony) "And Henrietta's identity would soon spread from lab to lab as quickly as her cells. (Skloot 173) (simile) "There's going to be an emergency procedure this morning." She didn't tell them what that procedure would be. (Skloot 171) (foreshadowing) Relationships :) Come down to the lab as fast as fast as you can," she told them. "There's going to be an emergency procedure this morning." (Skloot 170) Before going into the operating room, George told his surgeons that he wanted them to take samples of his tumor, just as Dr. Wharton had done with Henrietta's tumor decades earlier. (Skloot 171) "His son, George Jr., who had just finished medical school, sat with Gey through the whole thing and made sure he had freshly pressed suit each day. (Skloot 171) :) :p ^_^ We <3 Queen Swaff
#Go DAWGS!!! Theres More !!!!!!!! "At some point not long before his death, he told his former assistant Mary Kubicek that it was fine to release Henrietta's name if anyone asked, since it had been so many years. But Mary never told a soul. (Skloot 172) "A few months after Gey's death, Howard Jones and several Hopkins colleagues-including Victor McKusick, a leading geneticist-decided to write an article about the history of the HeLa cell line as a tribute to Gey's career. (Skloot 172) Discussion Time! Think hard! Explain the parrells between Gey and Henrietta in this chapter. How do you think the characters of Gey and Henrietta our shown near their death? Why do you think the public wanted to beleive the worse about Henrietta?
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