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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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Sep 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in August, 2011

Excellent read. There are two or three stories going on here, depending on how you break them down: 1) the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family's struggle to understand and interact with the medical industry that made billions of dollars from Henrietta's cells taken without permission; 2) the ethics surrounding medical research over the last century; and 3) the author's own story about how she researched and wrote this book, including her rocky relationship with the family. It's a fascinating read and I found myself grabbing the book anytime I had a few minutes to spare. I definitely recommend it.

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Jennifer I am excited about this. I learned of this woman while in grad school...she and John Snow are public health legends! And, I think you know how amazing that is.

Melissa I think you'd love it!

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