it's more than just a boo about science and history. it's an incredible look at a family and specifically one woman's struggle to trust in a world where she has only known betrayal.
This book covers not only Henrietta and her cells, but a whole context of what medical research was like at the time, the effects it all had on her family, and the struggle to find out information and piece it all together.
This was a story of discovery, healing, and learning about the Lacks family and medical evolution. I'm from Baltimore, MD and I felt like I was in the same neighborhood as they reference locations and streets names. Also I have worked for Johns Hopkins Hospital and this was shocking but not surprising how they are able to do so many undisclosed testing and treatments on Africa American people.
This story is amazing in it, helps the reader to envision the truths, pain, heartache and many other feelings through the journey of Henrietta Lacks. And what she has continued to do for medicine and research. All while, talking about how people are influenced both positively and negatively because of it.
This book gives Henrietta Lacks the recognition she deserves for her valuable contributions to science and medicine. It also raises ethical questions about who, if anyone, should profit from donated tissue and cell samples. While I don't think there should be a bidding war I really felt that her family deserved more.
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One of the worst books ever written that somehow manages to get 5-star reviews and awards. My advice is to not be fooled by the reviews, they just seem to be driven more by the topic than the quality of the book. This is simply a poorly written biography by a rank amateur author filled with uninteresting and unimportant information about Henrietta Lacks children. You would be much better off just looking up the "HeLa Cell" topic with an internet search.
Something many of us are already aware of but still shocking to hear. People being used for experimental treatment is wrong and this book brings to light many questions we need to ask ourselves.