The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - A MUST READ

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - A MUST READ

Post by TMS on 21st May 2010, 3:38 pm

Price $15.21. Where I live, the libraries have a long waiting list for this book.

From Amazon.com:

From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible. And from that same life, and those cells, Rebecca Skloot has fashioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and their discovery decades later of her unknowing contribution--and her cells' strange survival--left them full of pride, anger, and suspicion. For a decade, Skloot doggedly but compassionately gathered the threads of these stories, slowly gaining the trust of the family while helping them learn the truth about Henrietta, and with their aid she tells a rich and haunting story that asks the questions, Who owns our bodies? And who carries our memories? --Tom Nissley
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Post by ~NaturallyShe~ on 10th June 2010, 10:49 pm

I'm currently reading this book! I saw the author on The Daily Show a while back and got on the waiting list for it at the library. I'm at the beginning but so far it is a great book!

Have you read it all the way through yet?
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Post by TMS on 11th June 2010, 1:29 pm

No, I'm just starting as well. It's definitely a great read. My local library had a waiting list of several months so I just bought it from amazon for $15.
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Post by gemofacurlgirl on 16th July 2010, 1:00 am

Thanks for the rec just picked this up from the library as well as googled Henrietta Lacks very scary,jaring,unbelievable story !
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Post by Issie on 4th August 2010, 12:48 am

Incredible book, I am definitely buying this for my library...It reads like fiction and I absolutely loved it, it does not bogg you down with weighty medical terms even though I am in the medical field, anyone can read it, a must keep. It also explains why black people can be skeptical and difficult in the hospitals sometimes I have to explain to other races what it was like being used for experimentation. They dont realize it was THAT bad and horrific,.....a must read for all medical and healthcare students......awesome my fav book of 2010

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