The Immortal Life of Immortal Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a three part book that looks at a woman’s life and legacy. It goes from Civil Rights America to present day. It shows the way that a woman’s emotional and physical struggles turned out to save many lives. Henrietta was an African-American woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The fact that her cancer cells never died allowed medical and ethical practices to involve when dealing with consent from patients. I’d recommend this book for medical, social, and research type classes. Outside of academia, it is also a heartbreaking yet inspirational story.

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