Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American woman from Virginia, died young from an aggressive form of cancer; however, her cells, known as HeLa, lived on. Taken without her knowledge, HeLa cells played a role in many medical breakthroughs, including the cure for polio.
Here is the story of Henrietta’s life, which offers an incredible exploration of the intersection between medical ethics and race.
- Those interested in the darker side of medicine in the 1950s.
- Readers who like investigative biographies.
- Science freaks who appreciate stories about humanity and ethics in medicine.