Have just finished reading “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot – a gripping read. It covers medical science in the 1950s, injustice, racism but most of all is a very readable personal family story that seems incredible in this day and age. Colleagues loved it, students would love it. Published 2010.
The book is co-constructed between the journalist, Rebecca Skloot, and Deborah, the daughter of Henrietta Lacks. It gave an insight into the life of people made powerless through race, poverty and lack of education. It also made one acutely aware of what constitutes ethical behaviour. One is given an in-depth, personal experience of the questions, fears and utter helplessness of those not included in the dominant group in America of the 1950s. It certainly makes you wonder how much of this still goes on today.