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Henrietta Lacks

An excerpt from the best seller by Rebecca Skloot

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, (formerly Loretta Pleasant) a poor woman with a middle-school education, made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. On 1st February 1951, just days after a march for a cure for polio in New York City, Lacks visited Johns Hopkins because of a painful "knot" in her cervix and a bloody discharge. Though she received treatment and blood transfusions, she died of uremic poisoning on 4th October 1951 at the age of thirty-one. Read this story to find out more.

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