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Longview - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Common Read Project

Henrietta Lacks

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Subject Headings for Further Research

  • African Americans--Medical care - History
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Medical ethics
  • Medicine--Research
  • Patients--Legal status
  • Physicians--Malpractice
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • Tuskegee Syphillis Study
  • Victims of crime--Legal status

Topic Ideas


  • Informed consent
  • Tissue ownership
  • Women's health
  • Medical experimentation on African Americans and other minorities
  • HPV and cervical cancer
  • HeLa cells
  • Vaccines
  • Biobanks
  • Eugenics
  • Human Genome/Gene mapping
  • Cloning
  • Polio vaccine

Social Sciences:

  • Racial segregation in medical treatment
  • The Great Migration
  • Tuskegee Study
  • Institutionalized racism
  • Poverty/class and medical treatment
  • Privacy
  • Donor compensation
  • Race, class, gender and health care
  • Nuremburg Code
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in health care


  • Ethics of biography or journalism
  • Symbolism
  • Character development
  • Setting
  • Writing Structure
  • Representing race or disease in science, literature, art
  • Genetics in speculative literature or science fiction

Current Issues:

  • Universal healthcare
  • Institutionalization of children
  • Pharmaceutical companies and research
  • Government funding and research
  • Medical ethics/Bioethics
  • Human vs. Animal research
  • Genetics on an individual and macro level
  • Money, science, and medicine

Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale)  (NOTE: To access the MCC Databases, enter your student/employee number (S1234567) followed by your MCC password.)

The Opposing Viewpoints Database provides viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, court cases, statistical tables, images, podcasts, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.  Topics include:

  • Bioethics                                                                                                    
  • Health Care Access                                                
  • Health Care Legislation                                                             
  • Medical Care                                                                                      
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation                   
  • Poverty                                                                    
  • Supreme Court                                                      
  • Vaccines
  • Cancer
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Human Genetics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Stem Cells
  • Terminal Care


NOTE: To access the MCC Databases, enter your student/employee number (S1234567) followed by your MCC password.