The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 2, 2010 - Science - 368 pages
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

  

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Excellent, thoroughly researched narrative about the person behind the HeLa cells, which have been used in scientific research all over the globe, leading to the development of the polio vaccine, the ... Read full review

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Solid, interesting story. Depressing as to what happened to this poor woman and her family. The writing suffers from a lack of records on many subjects discussed, recounting what people said when they ... Read full review

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Contents

The Woman in the Photograph
1
Deborahs Voice
8
The Exam 1951
13
Clover 19201942
18
Diagnosis and Treatment 1951
27
The Birth of HeLa 1951
34
Blackness Be Sprcadin All Inside 1951
48
Ladys on the Phone 1999
49
The Fame She So Richly Deserves 797097J
170
Part Three IMMORTALITY
173
Its Alive 19731974
179
Least They Can Do 797
191
Who Told You You Could Sell My Spleen? 19761988
199
Breach of Privacy 1980198
207
The Secret of Immortality 1984199
212
After London 19961999
218

The Death and Life of Cell Culture 1951
56
A Miserable Specimen 1951
63
Turner Station 1999
67
The Other Side of the Tracks 1999
77
The Devil of Pain Itself 19s 1
83
Part Two DEATH
90
The Storm 1951 89
91
The HeLa Factory 195119j
93
Helen Lane 19531954
105
Too Young to Remember 19511965
110
Spending Eternity in the Same Place 1999 I 18
118
Illegal Immoral and Deplorable 19541966
127
Strangest Hybrid 7960966
137
The Most Critical Time on This Earth Is Now 1966197
144
The HcLa Bomb 7966
152
Night Doctors 2000
158
A Village of Henriettas 2000
232
Zakariyya 2000
241
Hcla Goddess of Death 20002001
250
All Thats My Mother 200
259
The Hospital for the Negro Insane 200
268
The Medical Records 2001
279
Soul Cleansing 2007
286
Heavenly Bodies 2001
294
Nothing to Be Scared About 2001
297
The Long Road to Clover 2009
305
Where They Arc Now 311
315
Acknowledgments
329
Notes
338
Index
359
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REBECCA SKLOOT is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many others. She is coeditor of The Best American Science Writing 2011 and has worked as a correspondent for NPR’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She was named one of five surprising leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post. Skloot's debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller. It was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and the New York Times. It is being translated into more than twenty-five languages, adapted into a young reader edition, and being made into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot is the founder and president of The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. She has a B.S. in biological sciences and an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She lives in Chicago. For more information, visit her website at RebeccaSkloot.com, where you’ll find links to follow her on Twitter and Facebook. 

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