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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Book Themes

Henrietta Lacks Foundation

The Henrietta Lacks Foundation, is a non-profit organization founded by Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, who is donating a portion of her book’s proceeds to the Foundation.

Topics from the book

The following topics from the book may help you brainstorm options for research. You can search databases like ProQuest and Academic Search Complete for articles on these topics. You may also use our library catalog to find books and media.


Science and Medicine

People,  Places, Associations Ethics & Legal  Issues              
Sickle-cell anemia

George Gey

Racism in health care
Pap Smear Alexis Carrel, Chicken Heart Informed Concent
Radiation  Therapy Jonas Salk, polio vaccine Nuremburg Code


John Hopkins Patient Privacy
Chromosomes and disease Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield Animal Research
Virology National Foundation for Cancer Research Tissues Industry
HeLa Bomb (cell line contamination) National Institutes of Health Medical Research on Inmates
Human Genome Project Tuskegee syphilis study
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) John Moor lawsuit
Eugenics National Cancer Act
Mississippi appendectomies


Lacks Family Website

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