THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

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THIS STORY IS AN UNFORTUNATE TALE ABOUT HENRIETTA LACKS WHOSE CANCER CELLS WERE COLLECTED WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE AND USED IN SCIENCE FOR CENTURIES.  INITIALLY THE CELLS, WHICH MULTIPLIED RAPIDLY, WERE JUST GIVEN TO RESEARCHERS BUT AS A DEMAND FOR THE CELLS GREW, SPECIAL “WAREHOUSES” BEGAN TO HARVEST AND SELL THE CELLS KNOW AS HELA CELLS.  HENRIETTA AND HER FAMILY SHOULD HAVE RICH AND FAMOUS BUT THEY NEVER RECEIVED A DIME AND NO ONE REALLY KNEW OF HER UNTIL MANY YEARS AFTER HER DEATH.  I ENJOYED THE STORY BUT ABOUT HALF OF THE BOOK WAS ABOUT THE SCIENCE WHICH WAS VERY TECHNICAL EVEN FOR SOMEONE WITH A SCIENCE  BACKGROUND LIKE MYSELF.  IT SEEMED AT TIMES I WAS READING A NONFICTION BOOK.  YOU CAN ENJOY THE STORY AND SKIM OVER THE TECHNICAL PARTS!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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HARM

HARM

JUST LOVED THIS STORY ABOUT ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT AGAINST THE FDA AND THE LARGEST PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY.  SHE KNOWS FROM EXPERIENCE THE DRUG COCKTAIL THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY PROMOTES TO CURE CANCER DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD AND THERE IS A CHEAPER, MORE EFFECTIVE DRUG OUT THERE.  SHE LITERALLY MUST FIGHT FOR HER LIFE IN ORDER TO SAVE OTHERS FROM THIS DEVASTATING DRUG.  YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN TO SEE WHO WILL WIN IN THE END!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

EVER WONDER WHY THE FORTY-YEAR OLD WAR ON CANCER HAS GONE NOWHERE? Research scientist and single mother Cory Montclair never gave it a thought until her infant daughter recovers from cancer after taking a drug that is banned in the United States. When Cory tries to describe the benefit of the cheap harmless drug in a medical journal, she incurs the wrath of the most profitable and powerful industry in America. A large pharmaceutical company, backed with the authority of the FDA and AMA, will stop at nothing to silence her. Threatened with losing everything—her reputation, career, ancestral home and more, Cory wrestles with a difficult choice and its consequences…

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SEVEN PATIENTS

SEVEN PATIENTS

GREAT READ ABOUT LIFE AS A MEDICAL STUDENT AND HIS ENCOUNTERS DURING VARIOUS ROTATIONS IN THE HOSPITAL.  RAJ OFTEN QUESTIONS HIS CAREER CHOICE BUT PLODS ON.  HE DEVELOPS A RAPPORT WITH A MAN WHO HAS A WONDERFUL LIFE BEFORE CONTRACTING A FLESH EATING BACTERIA THAT NEARLY TAKES HIS LIFE.  RAJ FOLLOWS THIS MAN’S PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE NOVEL.  THE MAN’S  RECOVERY IS SLOW AND HIS PROGNOSIS IS POOR.  HIS WIFE LEAVES HIM RATHER THAN FACE YEARS OF HELPING HIM RECUPERATE.  HE LOSES HIS SIGHT AND BECOMES NON-COMMUNICATIVE.  HE IS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE ONE WISH, HOWEVER, TO RAJ WHO EVENTUALLY FEELS HE MUST GRANT THIS WISH.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

NOTE: This is a work of fiction. It is not intended for the faint of heart. The stories are extreme and the descriptions graphic.

Patients come and go, but some leave behind a memory so intense that it cannot be erased.

Third year medical student Raj Mok quickly learns that patients don’t behave like his beloved medical texts led him to believe.

The seven most outrageous patients of his first year in clinical medicine teach Raj that medicine isn’t always about healing and that killing isn’t always murder.

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ADRENALINE

WHAT A PAGE TURNER!  I HAD CHILLS WHEN THE WOMAN HAVING GALL BLADDER SURGERY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER ANESTHESIA BUT WAS PARALYZED YET COMPLETELY AWAKE AS THE SCALPEL CUT INTO HER AND WAS UNABLE TO UTTER A SCREAM!  YOUR ADRENALINE WILL BE PUMPING AS YOU READ ON!  ENJOY!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Murder is the ultimate rush

When patients start dying unexpectedly in the O.R. at Mercy Hospital, anesthesiologist Doug Landry finds himself the focus of the blame. Is he really incompetent or is there some- thing more sinister going on? As Doug struggles to clear his name and unravel the secret of the mysterious deaths, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing the devastating truth. Doug becomes trapped in a grisly race against time to prevent more deaths–including his own.

From the boardroom to the recovery room to the thrilling climax in the operating room, Adrenaline is a heart-pounding, adrenaline rush of suspense, action and intrigue in an extremely realistic setting. If you like the novels of Robin Cook and Tess Gerritsen, Adrenaline will leave you breathless.

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