The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-21
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr

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Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first immortal human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the colored ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

A Few words about this Bookp. 11
Prologue: The Woman in the Photographp. 17
Deborah's Voicep. 29
Lifep. 31
The Exam … 1951p. 33
Clover … 1920-1942p. 41
Diagnosis and Treatment … 1951p. 57
The Birth of HeLa … 1951p. 69
ôBlackness Be Spreadin All Insideö … 1951p. 82
ôLady's on the Phoneö … 1999p. 94
The Death and Life of Cell Culture … 1951p. 105
ôA Miserable Specimenö … 1951p. 116
Turner Station … 1999p. 123
The Other Side of the Tracks … 1999p. 139
ôThe Devil of Pain Itselfö 1951p. 149
Deathp. 155
The Storm … 1951p. 157
The HeLa Factory … 1951-1953p. 164
Helen Lane … 1953-1954p. 185
ôToo Young to Rememberö 1951-1965p. 192
ôSpending Eternity in the Same Placeö … 1999p. 205
Illegal, Immoral, and Deplorable … 1954-1966p. 220
ôStrangest Hybridö … 1960 1966p. 236
ôThe Most Critical Time on This Earth Is Nowö … 1966-1973p. 247
The HeLa Bomb … 1966p. 260
Night Doctors … 2000p. 269
ôThe Fame She So Richly Deservesö … 1970-1973p. 289
Immortalityp. 301
ôIt's Aliveö … 1973-1974p. 303
ôLeast They Can Doö … 1975p. 322
ôWho Told You You Could Sell My Spleen?ö … 1976-1988p. 335
Breach of Privacy … 1980-1985p. 348
The Secret of Immortality … 1984-1995p. 357
After London … 1996-1999p. 367
A Village of Henriettas … 2000p. 391
Zakariyya … 2000p. 405
Hela, Goddess of Death … 2000-2001p. 420
ôAll That's My Motherö … 2001p. 435
The Hospital for the Negro Insane … 2001p. 450
The Medical Records … 2001p. 469
Soul Cleansing … 2001p. 480
Heavenly Bodies … 2001p. 494
ôNothing to Be Scared Aboutö … 2001p. 499
The Long Road to Clover … 2009p. 512
Where They Are Nowp. 521
Afterwordp. 527
Acknowledgmentsp. 553
Notesp. 571
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