The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A good read for medical sociology


“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (2010) by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, her children, how her cells changed science, and how medical ethics and the law have failed to keep up.

The book won awards, was named Book of the Year by many, and has been made into a film by Oprah and HBO, which premieres tonight.

Note: This post is not about the film – I do not get HBO – nor about Henrietta Lacks – I did a post on her yesterday – but about the book.

Skloot tells the story well, which is amazing considering all the moving parts – not just the large cast of characters, but all the science and case law too.

The only confusing, boring part came at the very end where she talks about the current state of medical ethics and the law.

A huge thing that…

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