Friday, May 8, 2015

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

About a year ago I read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and was moved by the story. Henrietta's story will truly live on forever. Through her suffering she became a hero when her cancer cells, named HeLa cells, grew in the lab and became a breakthrough in medical science. It is a story of heartache, deception, science, love, pain, loss and life. The science side of the book is extremely fascinating for anyone interested in medical science. It is a story of racial discrimination that needs to be heard. It is a story of medical unprofessionalism in the face of patient privacy. It is a story of both great love and great loss. If you are looking for a good book to read this summer then this is a great read. WARNING: due to the graphic nature of some of the material this book is definitely not suited for children. Target audience would be for mature teens and adults.

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