I found this book a little dry and slow at the start but completely fascinating. The book tells the tale of a woman dying of cervical cancer which is traumatic enough for her family but their grief, frustration and anger is magnified intensly when they discover that medical professionals took cell samples from her. These cells are world renowned for their part in medical research, experimentation and were involved in finding a polio cure and much, much more... only the family never knew. The family of Henrietta Lacks were poor, African-American, endured considerable hardships and mad that they were continually kept in the dark about Henrietta's immense contribution to science and medicine. The fact that medical professionals took and continue to take for granted that whatever they want or need to do for the sake of research and experimentation is ok... the philosophy of the ends justifies the mean was an eye opener for me.
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.