The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback)
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DescriptionHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences ...Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world. "A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book". (Hilary Mantel, "Guardian"). "A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice". ("Metro"). "A fine book...a gripping read...The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too". ("Sunday Times").
- Published: 01 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780330533447 ISBN 10: 0330533444
- Sales rank: 653
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Reviews for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This book details how Henrietta Lacks (or HeLa) had a phenomenal effect on medical research. Unfortunately it was only through her death that this happened and it is sad that her family were never fully informed of what was happening or developments that her mother helped to uncover. I think this is a great story and certainly tarnishes medical research methods.
Read my full review at
http://www.ourbookclub.net.au/Autobiographies2011.php by Tracy Hudson