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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Reviewed by- Andrea (2013/01/25, 11:55 AM)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is an excellent audio book. The narration is superb and the story of Henrietta Lacks, her family, and the fate of her cells (known as HELA to the science community) are compelling. I didnít know about HELA cells or Henrietta Lacksí life story before listening to this book. Apparently, most of the world hadnít heard of Henrietta either, despite her enormous contribution to medical research. Ms. Skloot tells the story of Henrietta, a black woman living in poverty during the 1950ís, she is sick and unable to pay for health care. While receiving treatment at John Hopkins, her cells are taken for research without her consent or knowledge. The cells become responsible for countless medical breakthroughs for diseases such as cancer, polio and more. The results are immeasurable, yet it isnít until years later her identity is revealed. As the author recounts this story, she touches upon controversial topics such race and ethics in the medical community. The author does a terrific job of describing the medical jargon in simple laymanís terms while keeping the story interesting and thought provoking. This is astonishing and informative book. It would make an excellent book club choice and will surely spur a lively discussion with your group.Back.

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