This book by Rebecca Skloot is a must-read for a variety of reasons, but if you look closely you can find in it some deep and important lessons on empathy. Henrietta Lacks was a black woman stricken with cancer, and doctors took her cells without her permission in order to conduct their own experiments and research on everything from cancer to vaccines to space travel. Reading the story of how companies made billions off of Lacks’ cells while her family remained too poor to afford health insurance will make you take a step back to consider the feelings and needs of others both in this story and in situations in your own life.
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