The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Quotes

Rebecca Skloot
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When she first started hurting, she thought it had something to do with… the bad blood David sometimes brought home after nights with other women – the kind doctors treated with shots of penicillin and heavy metals.
-- Henrietta/Author (Chapter 1)

Importance: Henrietta suffered from sexually transmitted diseases that she contracted from her roving husband. The passage captures the dysfunctional relationship that she had with her husband. It resulted in serious health risks.

Many scientists believed that since patients were treated for free in the public wards, it was fair to use them as research subjects as a form of payment.
-- Chapter 3 Dr. TeLinde/Author “Many scientists believed that since patients were treated for free in the public wards, it was fair to use them as research subjects as a form of payment.” This quote captures the mindset of scientists at the time when Henrietta’s cells were taken to be used for research. (Chapter 3)

Importance: This quote captures the mindset of scientists at the time when Henrietta’s cells were taken to be used for research.

The Geys were determined to grow the first immortal human cells: a continuously dividing line of cells all descended from one original sample, cells that would constantly replenish themselves and never die.
-- George & Margaret Gey/Author (Chapter 2)

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