Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (English, Paperback, Rebecca Skloot)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    • ISBN: 9780330533447, 0330533444
    • Edition: Unabridged, 2011
    • Pages: 384
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    The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is the bestselling story of a young woman whose bodily cells changed medical science for the better, although she was hardly made aware of her contribution.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is the story of a woman who contributed much to medical science, but was hardly acknowledged for the same.

    Henrietta was born to a black tobacco farmer, and was a victim of cancer. Hailing from a poor background and afflicted with cancer, she was christened HeLa by scientists shortly before she died. In 1951, her cervical cancer cells were taken, and they became some of the most essential tools in medicine. Henrietta had no knowledge of the same when she was still alive, and HeLa is presently the oldest and most commonly used human cell line.

    HeLa cells have been used for multiple scientific pursuits, and have been essential for purposes like testing the first polio vaccine in the 1950s, and conducting ongoing research related to AIDS, cancer, cloning, in vitro fertilization, and the effects of radiation, amongst other purposes.

    Henrietta's family did not learn about these tests for over twenty years after she died. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a phenomenal book that tries to trace the soul and essence of an ordinary woman, whose cells helped the medical world accomplish extraordinary feats. 

    This book has been translated into over twenty five languages. A movie based on the book is in the pipeline, to be created by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, in association with HBO.

    About Rebecca Skloot

    Born in the year 1972, Rebecca L.Skloot is a freelance science and medicine writer turned literary phenomenon.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is her first book. She has written another book titled The Best American Science Writing, co-authored by her father, Floyd Skloot, and released in the year 2011. Her articles have been published in many famous magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Pitt Magazine, and Johns Hopkins Magazine.

    For her first non-fiction book, she won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize in 2010, the National Academies of Science Best Book Award in the year 2011, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize in 2010, and the Ambassador Book Award in the year 2010. It was also deemed as a New York Times notable book, and more than 60 publications selected it as the best book of the year as well.

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    • 2011 January
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    • Rebecca Skloot
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    • REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, among others. She has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s RadioLab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW, and blogs about science, life, and writing at Culture Dish, hosted by Seed magazine. She also teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Memphis. Visit her website at rebeccaskloot.com.
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    • 7.75 inch
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    • 1.25 inch
    Weight
    • 337 g
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    A Must Read for every Medical Ethics Crusader!!!

    This book has really shaken my foundations...Ever since I have read this book my reading preferences have entirely changed...This book was suggested to me during a Workshop by an eminent professor in the field of Ethics..& this book was easily one of the best books I have ever read... I am recommending it to every one I know...& I recommend YOU to read it too... A compelling saga of emotions and ethical rights blatantly abused and forgotten...A MUST READ!!!
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    5 out of 10!!!

    As the name suggests, the book is about the black cancer patient Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been taken without her knowledge and permission for lab testing purposes. The book follows the story of the immortal cells and the life of Henrietta Lacks and her family as they live through poverty while the world around them benefits from her cells and the subsequent research.

    The book has a good pace to begin with but becomes boring during the middle parts and doesn't translate into what it...
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    Sid Gaur

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    A True Tragedy that helped science.

    Thanks to Rebecca ,for writing a moving story of a colored Americans monumental contribution to science.You can actually be there at that time and place.Unfortunately many doctors do not about this true story,A must read for doctors and medical students.
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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The author gives a very clairvoyant picture of the lady behind the scene. I was told to read this book by a student of mine who had already read it. After reading the story of the way science changes due to Henritta's cells I as a doctor was totally impressed with the vastness of scientific wonders. Wonder if she was alive how proud she would have felt, if and only if, she was told that her cells were creating history. Cells used in polio vaccine research, malaria vaccine research, anticance...
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    Must read for everyone

    In my opinion, every living being must know about Henrietta Lacks, you'll know what i'm talking about after reading this book. However, the book does get boring in the middle as a lot of information is provided about the author, and how she visited all of the people in Henrietta's family to find more about what happened with her. All in all, it's a good read.
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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    A very well-researched and informative book. An excellent reading........ I wonder why it has not been widely reviewed and recommended by Indian critics ! It is a very good commentary on social and medical ethics in contemporary world inhabited by human race.
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    Kunal Chatterjee

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    Not The End

    these were the last lines on the novel which is true with respect to Henrietta's cells. A very nicely written and thoroughly researched book by Rebecca as all the emotions and thinking of ppl in such scenario is very finely jotted down by her. Good to read and imagine.
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    prateek singh

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    Immortal indeed...!

    As a student of the life sciences, the premise of this book really excited me. It is a great book, and is very well-written. The pace of the story is set at the very beginning when the timeline alternates between the events that transpired in the 1950s-1960s, and the actual interviews conducted by the author.
    An extremely poignant narrative and interesting photographs make this book a must-read for everyone.
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