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What the community says about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- "Rebecca Skloot delivers a an addictive narrative that is well researched and well written and is at times heartbreaking and chilling. The book raises important questions about medical ethics and the science is easily followed. Although Skloot discusses the treatments Henrietta had to endure, this book is, at its core,a story about her humanity."
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- "A well researched story of the life of the woman whose cells are in every laboratory all over the planet and have even been sent into space with our astronauts. Its also tells how neither she nor her family ever profited a dime for the experiments and discoveries resulting from her body parts that were used in those experiments. She came from a family who were considered poverty stricken if judged by material standards but she was rich in family and friends who still to this day consider her smart and famous and are super proud of her. The author spent weeks at a time with her daughter and interviewed all her family members who were willing or able to share information. What comes across is how close her children still feel to her after all these years and all the problems they have encountered to try to have her recognized for what medicine and science have been able to do with parts of her body."
- "This particularly interesting text you learn of Henrietta Lacks, and her immortal cells, which are used in research to this day. The most engaging part of the book involves the ethical concerns of harvesting these cells unknowingly from Henrietta, and how she lies in an unmarked grave relatively unheralded while her cells were of such use. Its a very persuasive take, and makes a case that African Americans have suffered for the advancement of research, but gained little to nothing from it."
- "One of the most influential people in modern medicine and you've probably never heard of her. Hear the story of Henrietta Lacks and find out how her legacy has endured through time. This is a truly amazing book that sheds light on a little known fact outside the world of medical research. I highly recommend this book!"
- "he way the author made you feel connected to Henrietta and her family is remarkable. My heart went from happy to aching in seconds while reading this book. Henrietta's cells have become an amazing part of science and has made the world so much better. HeLa cells have created cures for diseases and have even helped scientists discover cures for different types of cancer. The author has been studying Henrietta and her cells ever since she was in high school. The fact that she persevered and worked towards her goal of understanding Henrietta and her story makes the reader feel full inside."
- "This is one of the most astonishing, interesting and yet sad stories that I've ever come across. I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks before I read this book but her story really moved me. This book explores racism, poverty, medical science and above all, ethics. This has to be one of the best books ever written that are based on a true story."
- "How can you begin a story that has no end? Henrietta Lacks continues through the ages as a remarkable part of history. Much is attributed to her life yet it is rare to speak her name. A tobacco farmer can work and care about those around her and can knowingly or not be propelled into the future. Take this in true period of history and perceive Ms. Lack's contribution. Think about it, wherever you go, Henrietta Lacks leads the way. "
- "This book in some cases, shows how African Americans are treated in America. I feel that Henrietta Lacks should be a household name rather than a name only known in medicine. Her cells are being sold by the billions, but what has her family received? I wouldn't quite classify this book as one of the "best" biographies about African Americans. "
- "The best biography about women is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the remarkable, but unknown story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Virtually unknown, Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave."
- "I like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because it demonstrates the lack of transparency in any profession. I realize that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the best book with characters in the medical field. I have read, re-read, and plan on referencing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks context in the future. "
- "A really interesting tale about real-life immortality. It's such an interesting topic because it covers so many areas - bioethics, medicine, research, and promising future cures, as well as the consequences of racial discrimination. I couldn't put the book down. I don't know how the movie is like but I'd definitely recommend reading this one if you have even an inkling of interest in biology and bioethics."
- "In this day and age, it's amazing to read a book about a woman who does something absolutely miraculous. There are quite a few non-fiction books about women, but you won't find one as profound and little known as this one. I only wish she (Henrietta) had been aware of the potential for her and her cells to do something so substantial before her death. I don't agree with the course this story book because of the researchers, but it is a truly remarkable story about a woman."
- "This is not a journal or diary. This is an awesome book written by a women who recounts the life of a poor black women and how her cells were taken and used in the medical field without her knowledge. This is an aspiring book and I recommend it to everyone, but I do not recommend it to someone wanting a first hand account in a diary or journal form."