Please provide a summary of chapter 34 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Chapter 34 of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is near the end of the book and as such begins to be a bit more meta. While other chapters focus on the story of Henrietta Lacks' life, or on the medical research done with her cells. Chapter 34 gives the reader a glimpse into the research process that Rebecca Skloot went through in order to write the book. Specifically, it focuses on the disagreement that Skloot had with Deborah Lacks, Henrietta Lacks' daughter, over access to her mother's medical records.

Skloot wanted to get her own copy of Henrietta Lacks' medical records to look over at leisure, but Lacks was reluctant to grant that request and became angry when Skloot refused to take no for an answer. The two women got into a fight over the records.

After the women had a chance to cool off, Lacks was able to explain the reason she was so reluctant to give Skloot access to the medical records: Lacks felt that so much of her mother had already been taken and the records were one of the only things left.

When writing your summary of the chapter, consider the relevance of this chapter to the book overall.

Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 10, 2019
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