General population view the medical community during the 1950s. How did the Lacks family, the media, and the general population view the medical community during the 1950s? What is the Nuremberg Code? How was it used, and was it easily enforced? Why or why not?
I think its amazing how much has changed in the healthcare field since the 1950’s. While reading this book, it’s a remembrance of how healthcare has developed, including our society and media. It is apparent in the book that the Lacks family did not have a positive view on the medical community, but who can blame them especially the way that they were treated because of their color. In the book it was questioned if the outcome would have been different if Henrietta went to doctor sooner? But the Lacks family did not view the medical community as an importance unless it was very serious. As for the media view, it was very apparent how the media would change the story or would be strategic in how to get the information. When the first new release went out two years after the death of Henrietta, they were not aware of the HIPAA regulations, but did they even care because there were not any consequences?
The Nuremberg code is a ten-point principal guideline for medical experimentation on human subjects. According to the guidelines, human experimentation is only justified if it results benefit society, and it is carried out with basic principles that “satisfy moral, ethical, and legal concepts” (THE UNIVERSITY of NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL, 2022). I do not believe that it was easily enforced. The Nuremberg code was before the Lacks story began, but yet it is not enforced because several healthcare professionals were not following it.
How have ethics and laws around medical research with human subjects changed? How is the medical community viewed today, and what do you think would have happened in Henrietta Lacks’s case if she lived today? Support your response by citing 2 to 3 reputable sources.
Ethics and laws around medical research have improved with human subjects. Although I believe that more medical research is performed now, more than the future, but there are ethics and laws that are protecting those individuals, as well as it being a decision they made. In all reality, it’s more than researching human subjects, it also applies to using animals. In the world today, companies have to print on the label that no testing was performed on animals. Now “the ethical and legal issues relating to the conduct of clinical research involving human participants had raised the concerns of policy makers, lawyers, scientists and clinicians for many years. The Declaration of Helsinki established ethical principles applied to clinical research involving human participants. The purpose of a clinical research is to systematically collect and analyse data from which conclusions are drawn, that may be generalisable, so as to improve the clinical practice and benefit patients in future” (Yip, C., 2016).