Book of the Month: November

At the beginning of the year I had tried SO hard to read one book a month.  That dream ended quickly when I was reading 60-page clinical trial summaries every night for my rotations.  No thank you. I am starting up the books to add to my monthly favorites.  Each third Saturday of the month will feature the book I had been reading.

The first installment of the books is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  I first heard of this book when I was in my Pharmacy and Biotechnology class.  Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman in the 1950s who lived in Baltimore and was treated at John Hopkin’s Medical Center for her aggressive cervical cancer.  Without her permission, doctors and researchers harvested her cancer cells and used them for research.  The research from her own cells provided many medical advances such as the polio vaccine and many life-saving medications, all the while her descendants receive none of the money, have little to no health insurance, and are living in poverty.

The science nerd inside of me rejoices as I was glued to this book.  The science behind medical marvels and the human lives connected with it really reminded me of why I went into health care.  Maybe this can inspire you to.


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