Where does this quote appear in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and what's its significance? “She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so...
Where does this quote appear in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and what's its significance? “She's the most important person in the world and her family living in poverty. If our mother is so important to science, why can't we get health insurance?”
This quote appears on page 168, approximately halfway through The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The significance of this quote is that Henrietta Lacks, despite the importance of her biological cells to society at large, herself remained mired in poverty. This shows the contrasts between what a person can contribute, even if not through their own efforts, and the rewards that society offers to a person. In this particular case, Henrietta Lacks contributed (despite not even giving her consent) some of her cells to scientific researchers and did not receive direct remuneration.
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It depends on which copy of the book you're looking at, but that quote is on page 168 in many printings.
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