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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Aug 19, 11

it was amazing
Read from August 08 to 19, 2011

Started it this afternoon, due for a good nonfiction....Wow. This is becoming one of my favorite nonfictions. Skloot weaves the HeLa history with interviews, medical explanations, and short bios of family. Henrietta Lacks is heroic, and Kloots presents and argument of whether medicine had the right to use her rapid cancer cells for research without her (or her family's) express knowledge. Great story, educational, empathetic writing. More later. Finished this the other night. Great read with fine research. The knowledge and information is extensive, a story that needed to be told. I take that the side that Johns Hopkins should be held responsible, somehow.

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message 1: by Patiencethomas (new)

Patiencethomas Jody recommends this too so I have it on my list. congrats on your retirement-wow 40 years at GHS! that is a feat and you were still fresh and animated about teaching. now what next?

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