The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Revelatory is the word that best sums up this book for me. I am interested in how the socioeconomic environment generally, and health systems in particular, affect our wellbeing, and I know about the inequities in the U.S. health care system that affect minorities and women. But all my studies did not give me the insights that this look into the death of one African American woman revealed. From the diagnosis and treatment of her cancer in the early 1950's, the book takes the reader on a journey through the labs of medical researchers, the theories of medical ethicists and the arguments in courts of law to explain how human tissues are used to research new drugs and treatments. But it doesn't stop there. The book parallels the scientific story with the saga of how one African American family experiences the American health care system: the indignities, the miscommunication, and the mistrust. I think everyone needs to read this book to understand what is going wrong with our health care system. But more importantly, white Americans need to read this book to better understand how people of color experience--or don't experience--health care in our country.
I was required to read this and initially reluctant, but the book is well-written and fascinating. You simultaneously learn about the history of medicine and science, racism, the making of the book, and the lives of the children of a very important woman. I had no idea her cells have been involved in so many disparate parts of science and medicine. The book is particularly fascinating and horrifying from a bioethics perspective. We should never forget where we've come from. The performance is engaging. I felt like the author and Deborah were really speaking.
this is an interesting story and presents several ethical quiesions. The author does a good job of reporting all sides of the issue. There are long gaps between chapters, maybe 20 or 30 seconds, which I found unusual and at first wondered if there was something wrong with the connection to my iPhone. Only complaint.
This was a great mix of science , the story of HeLa and the impacts on her family. I think it also brings up social issues and debates about science and our history with blacks.
This book is so well written and interesting. The acting and narration makes it easy to follow what may seem a tough topic.
The story is going to change the way you view the world. It's that simple.
So well done. Their voices were prefect. Their sense of timing amazing. They just know how to do this.
So many moments. I can't imagine how sad I would be steal the beauty of this story by revealing my wonder, my anger, my surprise, fury, and delight. It's a masterpiece. I loved listening to it.
I wish we could go back and time a truly meet this immortal woman and ask her she feels about the contributions she has made to science, technology and life as we know it. I was most frustrated to learn how little the laws protected Henrietta then, and how little the laws protect us now.
Science Nerd, Army Veteran, Small Business Owner, Happy Wife, Dog Mommy, Horrible Rugby Player. Zombie lit is my guilty pleasure
This book should be required reading for all bio, chem, med, well heck all college students. This was so well written and reminds us that behind every cell is a person and a story. Also that behind every person are cells. I hope that Mrs. Lacks would find this book to be the fitting tribute she never got for her unbelievable contribution to modern medicine and research.
Interesting story outlining a compelling piece of medical research history and a perspective of important but disturbing historical events. Brings up interesting ethical questions.