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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Aug 22, 11

bookshelves: biography, history, science-medicine
Read in August, 2011

Tremendously well-done combination of biography, sociological inquiry, and scientific expose. The juxtaposition of HeLa's abstract medical value and its impact on Henrietta's compellingly portayed family (especially her daughter Deborah) is utterly engrossing.

The judgments implicit in the telling of the tale are clear but never shrill. The obvious affection the author feels for the people behind the immortal cells is similarly apparent but never overshadows her ability to conveythe science.


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