The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Large Print - 2010
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Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410427922
1410427927
Branch Call Number: 616.02774 Sk45i 2010 Large Type
Characteristics: 619 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
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PimaLib_LisaW Aug 23, 2016

This is the story of Henrietta Lacks, unbelievable, unimaginable, but undeniably true. So glad I read her story.

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PimaLib_SarahB Oct 17, 2014

This is an amazing read! And it makes a great book for a book club discussion because there are numerous issues explored.


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klimekk
Sep 20, 2017

learned a lot
and got caught by topic

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dlh1
Aug 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, wanting to learn more after I watched the movie of the same name. The book gave a little more understanding of the mental state of Deborah, and a more in-depth look at what happened to her siblings, sons, and Henrietta's doctors in later years.

SCL_Toby Jul 22, 2017

This a very approachable book about medical and research ethics and race relations. Skloot's writing skills keep the reader engaged and she explains the science end of the story clearly. Henrietta Lacks' story is very interesting, and at times heartbreaking. Skloot addresses both the issues of race and medical and science ethics deftly, exploring the balance between the need for timely, well-done research and the need for patient privacy, information, and well-being. An excellent read.

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teachsanchez
Jun 18, 2017

Great read.

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darladoodles
Jun 11, 2017

Fascinating story about Henrietta Lacks and how her cancer cells were acquired by John Hopkins and then proceeded to multiply all over the world and even in space.

Skloot spent considerable time working patiently with Henrietta's family and does an excellent job of explaining the science behind the story. She also thoroughly tackles the thorny issues of the informed consent and profitmaking surrounding the tissue and blood samples that are used in laboratories all over the world.

AL_HOLLYR May 14, 2017

Skloot's book is a magnificent fusion of science, history, and brilliant storytelling. She is especially skilled at explaining scientific concepts in an accessible and engaging manner. Her rendering of Lacks' story reveals a deeply troubling history of racism, discrimination, and poverty in the U.S. Highly recommended for anyone who likes narrative nonfiction or fiction readers interested in trying a nonfiction title.

Cynthia_N May 11, 2017

I wanted to read this before watching the movie and I'm so glad I did. The story of how Henrietta's cancer was treated was horrifying and it was the standard treatment of the day! You empathize with the family who didn't really understand what was happening to their loved ones cells (once they found out, that is).

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lilypad_1
May 02, 2017

This true story which has affected all our lives deserves to be read. The HBO version does not tell 1/100th of the story or even some of the most important parts of the story.

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sukiharl1
Apr 24, 2017

Amazing story of a woman and the birth of a science that has fueled so much research and progress towards the treatment of deadly diseases.

laurengail Apr 14, 2017

Adult Lit Kit - 2011

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prtzlwmstrd
Jun 17, 2015

True story of stolen body pieces of Everywoman Henrietta Lacks. Story readable despite presence of a great deal of science. Adult children search for their mother over years bearing up remarkably in face of medical-science establishment. Exceptional. Highly recommended.

Algonquin_Lisa Feb 24, 2011

A black woman's self-perpetuating cancer cells live past her own shortened life, providing doctors and scientists with an unparalleled opportunity to do nearly unlimited research. Her family, however, was unaware her cells were ever collected. In this book author Rebecca Skloot takes them on a journey to learn the extent to which their mother's cells changed the face of cancer research forever. Fascinating, and possibly the best work of nonfiction I've ever read.

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BookWormChelly Jul 08, 2013

“But I tell you one thing, I don't want to be immortal if it mean living forever, cause then everybody else just die and get old in front of you while you stay the same, and that's just sad.”

mrsgail5756 Apr 03, 2013

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington

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Mar 11, 2016

CarolJ33 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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