The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a non-fiction book about the woman who gave us the HeLa cells used by scientists to this day.
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- 381 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400052181
My Rating for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — 5
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot has many things going for it. The book is about science, medicine, ethics but mostly it is about people.
Ms. Skoot captured a sad story and made it a captivating read while asking some tough questions and giving the Lacks family a platform to share their thoughts and to science to explain itself.
The HeLa cells have been used by scientists for decades to benefit mankind, however the family got no monetary compensation. The cells themselves have been taken from Henrietta Lacks without permission or consent, as was the norm.
The author manages to touch on many subjects interrelated to society and science, as well as ask many tough questions about how we treat the less fortunate of our society and the state of healthcare in the pre AHA days. There are no good answers to these questions, there are no rights or wrongs, the Skoots felt they have been cheated by John Hopkins Medical Center, scientists believed they acted according to ethical standards of the time.
Many of these questions stay on the readers’ minds throughout the book without any straightforward answers, mainly because there are no straightforward answers.
The author managed to take a relatively boring story and turn it into an amazing book which one can learn much from. Sticking to the facts, Ms. Skoot manages to humanize those involved and tell a very personal story about science and society.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from the local library.
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