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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Thorndike Nonfiction) (Large Print / Hardcover)

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If you love science or medical writing, this is the book of the year for you. The story of Lacks and her largely unsung contribution to modern medicine is equally shocking and fascinating; it is a story of greed, race and inequality that shines a light on a dark corner of our country's history. Skloot is a writer of the highest order and she leaves no stone unturned. A truly remarkable read.

— Kat

Henrietta Lacks was only 30-years-old when her cancerous cervical cells were harvested for scientific testing without her knowledge. A few months later, she was dead. Her cells are now worth billions of dollars but her family continues to live in poverty. Skloot caringly chronicles the immense impact Henrietta's cells had on the scientific world and on the lives of her descendants.

— Jade

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“HeLa cells have been the source of profound advancements in medical, biological and genetic research, but up until now the story of Henrietta Lacks and her legacy has never been heard. Her story served as the spur for reform movements in medical ethics and patient privacy, and Skloot shares the details with both candor and sensitivity.”
— John Clukey, Sam Weller's Books, Salt Lake City, UT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410427922
ISBN-10: 1410427927
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: July 21st, 2010
Pages: 619
Language: English
Series: Thorndike Nonfiction
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