|# of Units:||10 CDs|
|Length:||12 hours, 30 minutes|
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This book was incredibly interesting from start to finish. Well reasearched and well written, it relates a family story, exposes past and present social issues, and relates very important medical issues. A must read for anyone practicing, or contemplating practicing medicine.
Interesting read, from both a medical and personal perspective. Before reading this, I was completely unaware of the whole HeLa phenomenon, but this book was very thorough without dragging. It brought the story on Henrietta's family to life. It also highlighted the struggles of black Americans during the 40's and 50's without dwelling on them. Also, unlike some others, I enjoyed the narrator's voice.
On my short list of all time remarkable books, because the (non-fiction)story it tells is so remarkable and because the author writes about such a complicated subject with such simple and understandable grace. She researches a dauntingly complex subject and presents it with a clear explanation and a human face. Outstanding.
Refreshing to find a book which is in essence, a medical documentary, yet written in a fashion that tells an interesting an poignant story. Narration helped to maintain my interest.
As a scientist who has worked for many years with HeLa cells, I found this book extremely informative. I hope someday that our HIPPA regulations will be standardized among institutions so that we will be able to communicate better with the consented families and proceed with our important research projects using human tissues and cells for the benefit of everyone.
This book is very interesting but it dragged in parts. At times it seemed as if the author was being redundant. I also hated the narrator's voice (the voice of the author) it was grating.
The book was well written and extremely interesting. Told the story of racism as well as how the cells of one woman became a phenomenon. Well worth the read.