The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the One Community/One Book selection for 2010. One Community/One Book 2010 is planned to coincide with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics’ 2010 Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture. Rebecca Skloot will be the featured speaker at that event.
The Libraries will host or support a series of discussion opportunities in September and early October, leading up to the Bryant Lecture, which will take place on October 15, 2010.
In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot provides detailed portraits of the people who played a role in, or whose lives were impacted by, the discovery of HeLa cells: Henrietta Lacks, her physicians, medical research teams, and her children. Skloot explores ethical issues that emerge from the interplay of race and poverty in one of the most important science stories of the 20th century.
This is the third One Community/One Book project on the UT Health Science Center campuses; previous books were Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder (2008) and Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (2009), by Pauline W. Chen, M.D.
Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available at the Briscoe, Downtown, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number QU 300 S628i 2010. Also, beginning in May, the UT Health Science Center Bookstore will have copies of the book, which can be purchased at a 25% discount off the list price.
Special Projects Librarian