Sunday, March 17, 2013


One way or another, someone in your family owes their very life to an indigent black sharecropper who died, back in 1951, from the most horrific case of cancer ever, leaving behind five small children. Why was she so important to world health today? Well, to answer that question, you really need to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

You owe it to yourself, to your children, and to her children -- who suffered abject misery and abuse without her there to protect them -- to find out exactly how much we owe this woman. Besides, it's just a great read!

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