The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Acclaimed author Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.
- Published: 08 March 2011
- Format: Paperback 381 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781400052189 ISBN 10: 1400052181
- Sales rank: 1,577
Reviews for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Top review
This is one of the most readable books I have ever come across. The story was all the more intriguing because it is about a real situation full of real people. It has everything in it you could ask for - intrigue, suspense, warmth, humour and medical mysteries unravelled. The story of Henrietta and what she went through in the course of her cancer treatment is agonising and while things have changed for the better in terms of progress in cancer treatments, there hasn't been much change in access to health services by the haves and the have-nots.
Anyone who works in the health field should read this book. I have bought ten of them to give away to people I know from GPs, oncologists, health bureaucrats, pathologists and friends. They have all been very well received.
The writing style is light handed and keeps you interested.
An excellent read that will keep you thinking for a long time. by Andriana Koukariunder review