Well researched insight into the fascinating world of tissue culture and the research that depends on them with a timely reminder of the human face behind all such research. Good review of the problems associated with the ethics of such research. Beautifully read. An excellent listen.
Sound mix of a family's story, medical research and who Henrietta Lacks actually was. I read this book one week before I participated in the Climb for Cancer in Phoenix. Sad that I didn't know who Henrietta was before this. I am a cervical cancer survivor and I owe my life to her. I am glad Rebecca took the proper time and research to produce this book. To the Lacks family thank you for your patience in understanding the contribution Henrietta made. So sorry you had to endure the ignorance and uncivil times in American history.
It should have been much, much shorter.
Personally, if I have any tissue removed, I don't care what the doctors do with it. I think everyone is better off if it is all just anonymous.The author says, "someone is taking part of you and some people have a strong sense of ownership..."
If you have a strong sense of ownership over your tissue, then maybe this book is for you.
They read well.
Everyone, but Henrietta. That would have made it a more enjoyable newspaper article.
Never stop learning!
I liked this book because it is very well researched. It is well written although it did not follow a linear chronological account of the events--that's impossible unless one focuses on only one aspect of this very complicated and thorny history.
The author brought about the human element of the HeLa cells. This is the story if a woman, her family, and an expose on the evolution of ethics is medical research.
Thank you for a great account and a wonderful narration!
Exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect it to be so heart warming. The focus on the daughter was a very nice addition. Factual, interesting and engaging. This is one book I will read again. Great job to the writer. Highly talented.
Say something about yourself!
I'm not sure where to start ... While listening to this audio I found myself sometimes uttering a tsk or a sigh, even a huh and a nod or shake of my head. It was not a standard science book but a well told story of a small cluster of cells and the effects it has on the world of science and the family that was related to said cells. I loved this book! A must read for sure.
I have not read the printed version. The audio version was excellent!
When Deb and Rebecca learned about Elsie Lacks.
Excellent! Job well done ladies!
I loved that it made me feel so strongly for not only Henrietta, but her family and also the author of the book. It is an unexpected story of not just one person, her line of cells, and science - but the story of a family grappling with the death of their beloved matriarch and how they long to feel a closeness with her.
I would compare this book to Devil in the White City just based on the genre it falls into, narrative nonfiction, and the quality of the writing. Of course, the two subject matters are far apart. If you're looking for something that has a similar subject matter or based in the development of medicine, you should look at The Destiny of a Republic. That was fascinating based on medical advances made through one person's (granted it was a president) injuries.
I have not had the pleasure, but I would love to listen to their narration in other books.
Yes - it certainly became very hard to stop and start when I just wanted to keep going.
This is just an excellent book and narration. If you enjoy narrative nonfiction, then you will like this book a lot. I certainly did!