Henrietta Lacks

Since graduating and being that I don't have a job yet, I have been doing some leisurely reading. It feels good to not have to read books that was assigned to me, lol.
I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It caught my eye when I was browsing Barnes and Nobles the other day. I first heard of Henrietta Lacks in nursing school, when we were learning about informed consent and basic rights. This book is absolutely amazing!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an intriguing book about a woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died at the age of 31. The book begins by chronicling her life and how she become Henrietta Lacks or by what some people know her, HeLa. Her cells were taken from her without consent, they grew in a lab, and have been used to help science, the world and even helped to develop the Polio vaccine. Her family never received any funds from the money made off her cells and they have been without health insurance.
This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster while you go on the journey with the author and the family as they discover more information about Henrietta Lacks.
This is definitely a must read.

Have you read this book?

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