Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Finally a book review! I realize it has been forever since I have written one, but here is a quick one from my book club book.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautifully written. This inspiring story reads like a novel. Rebecca Skloot takes you along with her on her journey of research and her relationship building to find the story behind the HeLa cells that started the bell curve of disease and cancer research. Henrietta Lacks was a young black women living in tubulent racially divided times. A mother, wife, sister, cousin; she brought joy wherever she went. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died shortly afterwards her cells were taken from her during treatment without her knowledge and were handed off to researcher after researcher she died but her cells continued to.ive.

Henrietta's cells can be directly linked to finding a polio vaccine and our knowledge into the creation and growth of cancer cells, to mention a few of hundreds of discoveries. This books feels like a novel, so much so that you forget you are learning vast knowledge on cell anatomy and cancer research and modern day medical science. You ride along with Henrietta and feel the ups and downs of her story as well as the family she left behind and the author's journey to discover the truth. This book will challenge in your beliefs about the ethics of medicine and human decency. A quick read and a great book club book.

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