Armstrong hosts lecture on medical ethics as part of Common Read
(September 8, 2011) Armstrong Atlantic State University will host Dr. Bruce Greenfield during a free lecture on medical ethics as part of the 2011-2012 Armstrong Common Read program that this year focuses on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a work of nonfiction by Rebecca Skloot. The free lecture is at noon, Friday, September 16 in the Student Union's Ogeechee Theater on the Armstrong campus, 11935 Abercorn Street.
Dr. Greenfield's lecture will explore the vital importance of ethical decision making in the medical field, with an emphasis on the issues raised in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, as related to contemporary times. Dr. Greenfield is an associate professor of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University and serves on the Emory Center for Ethics. He is trained as a physical therapist and is board certified as an orthopedic specialist through the American Physical Therapy Specialty Board.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, currently on the Top 5 of the New York Times Best Sellers list, narrates the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, who in 1950 was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Lacks died less than one year after her diagnosis, but not before doctors had removed a sample of her cancerous cervical tissue. The tissue was grown in labs all over the world, helping to discover new drugs and promote medical advances—a fact unknown to Lacks' family for 37 years.