If you haven't already, READ THIS STORY!!! I don't know how everyone have not heard this story by now.
He-La cells should be as known about as much as Cancer itself. As a clinical research student learning about medical/drug trials and such, I am appalled that this topic has not been revealed to me in school.
Well, Thank you Ms. Skloot - You've helped this family's story see some true light. From the controversial manner in which the cells were obtain, the amazing breakthroughs in medical history due to these cells and even the heart wrenching ordeals each family member endured, the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks needed a stage & a spotlight and I hope the light continues to grow brighter for the Lack family.
Yes I would. This story is so fascinating and gives such a vivid portrayal of the characters and the situation faced by Henrietta and her family that I think I would likely pick up even more detail every time I read it.
The daughter was my favorite character because she was so relatable (to an extent). She faced some difficult circumstances; she wanted to know more about her mother (just like the reader); she was an emotional roller coaster to behold.
They did; the change in dialect and voice modulation made it easy to differentiate the characters, and there were many.
No, I think it was good to break it up. There's a lot of information to digest and a lot of anecdotes that made me really upset and I needed to take a break to get back in the right mindset.
A fascinating story about an incredible development in the law, in medicine, and in a family's life.
I started this book for an ethics course I am taking. I am grateful that this book was part of the syllabus because not only is it an entrapping story, with emotions varying from sadness and frustration to happiness brought to a woman I feel the world needs to know. The way the author tells the story from multiple perspectives is ingenious and I hope anyone hoping to enter any medical field reads this book to remember that in medicine humanity and science are one and you need equal parts of both.
I think this book was VASTLY interesting, especially as someone who is not a very science-y person. I am from Maryland, so this book had even more significance because a lot of it took place in Baltimore, MD. It's heartbreaking and also very eye opening about the early nature of medical test subjects and how these things actually happened.
Three words...: Powerful, eye opening and "explaining science for the lay person" which is not one word-- so sue me. :-)
I really liked the authors perspective in her meetings with the family and doctors-- it's a very uniquely narrated book.
The chapter in which they describe Henrietta's death at the hospital. Very powerful.
See above^^ and another part when one of the family members point out how important their mothers contribution was to science and medical fields and they said, "And yet for some reason, me and my family can't get health insurance".... whew. So upsetting.
This will really make you think about how science and medical advancements happen and whether or not they are done in a humanistic way.
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.