In THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (Crown, $26), Rebecca Skloot skillfully weaves the story of a poor black tobacco farmer treated for cervical cancer in the 1950s with the persistent controversy of tissue ownership and the sale of biomedical products. The effect of Henrietta’s “immortality” on her Baltimore family, especially her daughter Deborah, will resonate with readers. Skloot carefully balances Henrietta’s story with the history of biomedical research, connecting the unauthorized use of Henrietta’s cells to contemporary biomedical conundrums. Without her or her family’s knowledge, Henrietta’s cells, called HeLa, were disseminated widely in the scientific community and employed for countless experiments. This is at once a moving personal story, an astounding piece of journalism, and an absorbing yet lucid look into the world of scientific research.

The perfect book for teenagers and plenty of adults, too, THE COMPLETE HUMAN BODY (Dorling-Kindersley, $50) explains everything you wanted to know about your body but were afraid to ask.  With almost 500 pages of color plates depicting the detailed anatomical parts and how they work together to function as digestive, neurological, reproductive, and many other systems, Alice Roberts, a medical doctor and anatomist, presents the human body as a complex machine with many intricately developed moving parts.  The last section of this ambitiously conceived volume covers a large number of medical conditions that develop when this human machine malfunctions, and the book also features an interactive DVD.

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ISBN: 9780756667337
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - August 30th, 2010

For anyone whose life has been touched by cancer (probably all of us),THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES (Scribner, $30) is a fantastic introduction to the disease and to its history, cultural significance, and the legacy of our battles to overcome it.  An assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital, Siddhartha Mukherjee considers his subject from all angles, scientific as well as personal, telling this epic story with energy, eloquence, and a deep appreciation for the human stories behind the medicine.  

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781439107959
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Published: Scribner - November 16th, 2010

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781439170915
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Published: Scribner - August 9th, 2011

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