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Kressel Housman
The history of medicine has a real sleazy side to it, and if you have any doubts about that, this book will put them to rest. It's the story of a black woman whose cancer was so virulent, it actually outlived her. Her cells have been cultured, reproduced, sold, and become the basis of some of the most important breakthroughs in modern medicine, but the cells were taken from her without her knowledge or consent. Her family only discovered it decades later. The book raises all kinds of sticky yet ...more
This book was so riveting I finished it off within 3 days over a busy holiday weekend. The story it tells is a testament to the woman of the title, her extended family and the author herself. Skloot clearly became obsessed with uncovering the human aspect and injustice of a scientific saga that helped change the world. Yet through it all, she remains scrupulously fair. She is not (yet) a masterful writer, but she tells the tale compellingly and with great narrative drive. Upon finishing turning ...more
My latest in-car “reading” has been Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book whose research blends impeccably with the honest voices of the narrator and the subject’s family members.

The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman from Baltimore whose cervical cells became the first “immortal” (i.e. continually reproducing) human cell line in the world. Ms. Lacks’ cells have been used to work in HIV vaccines, cancer treatments, and the vaccine for the
Rose Ann
Such an interesting read. I felt as if I were reading a novel, not non-fiction.

I enjoyed learning about the history of the HeLa cells, and all that was accomplished in science with them.
And I also liked the personal aspect of it. Henrietta and her family.
Although I was horrified to learn what has been done in the past to people. (To blacks, prisoners, etc, without their knowledge). The things done to Elsie and other patients. All of it so heartbreaking.

May 03, 2011 Sera rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sera by: Critics
A compelling read that is multi-faceted in nature. First, there is the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman with cervical cancer who's cells are taken without her consent and then used in science, research and otherwise, from the 1950s until today. Second, there is the theme of ethics as it relates to science and how the state of patient rights has evolved (or not) since Henrietta's time. Lastly, the book takes a look at the family that Henrietta left behind and how their loss of their mother, wife ...more
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Jul 15, 2011 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: bestsellers list non fiction
Shelves: audio-book, library
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