The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

November 26, 2014 - Gifts for Medical Students
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot’s non-fiction volume recounts the tale of Henrietta Lacks, a 30-year-old African-American mother and tobacco farm worker whose death from cancer in 1951 launched untold medical discoveries, including the cure for polio and advanced AIDS research. Her cells, dubbed HeLa and taken without her family’s knowledge, were the holy grail of science, the first human cells that actually grew in a lab. And this book, which appears on many university summer reading lists, will knock the socks off anyone interested in medicine, science or social justice issues.



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