The central thesis of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is that the American medical industry often exploits and mistreats people who lack education and economic power. This disproportionately affects women and minorities.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a nonfiction book by American science writer Rebecca Skloot (born September 19, 1972). It was published in 2010 to acclaim and remained on the The New York Times Bestseller list for six years. Generically, it is an example of a nonfiction work in which the author's journey to investigate the story is as essential as the putative subject. This is as much of a book about the education of Skloot herself as about the exploitation of Henrietta Lacks. One could argue that a well-developed secondary thesis of the book is that journalists need to develop cultural sensitivity in their interactions with their subjects, understanding not just raw facts but the emotional and cultural circumstances underlying and surrounding the events at hand.
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