The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


I had to read this book for college, but i’ve never been more happy with a book I had to read. This book changed my way of seeing things. Anyone will be able to connect to the main character Henrietta. She was a remarkable women and its unfortunate what her and her family had to go through. I wish that she got more recognition and credit for her unique cells. The ones who of course got all the credit was the doctors who took a cell sample without her consent. We are so lucky that medical practice has changed from the 1950’s.┬áThis book will teach you so much of this time period that was hidden behind closed doors.

One thing I love about this book is how different it is from all the other Biographies out there. The way the author Rebecca Skloot wrote really shows you how passionate she was with this subject and the person who we have to thank for the vaccine of polio and other related medical findings. It’s not only about Henrietta the bigger picture is this ends up affecting her entire family as well. I don’t want to give away anything because i think everyone should read this book. Even if you don’t like Biographies I think you’ll end up changing your mind after reading this. Its not just medical, this book deals with family, sickness, cells, doctors, hospitals, segregation, rights of everyone, the justice system and even investigation services.