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.
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.