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Public Health Book Reads

Books covering a wide range of topics for public health discussion.

First Book Summer 2021


Public Health Book Club. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks image shows a sunThe book focuses on the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman born in 1920 who lived in Baltimore, MD. During treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a sample of Henrietta's cells were taken without her permission. Those cells gave rise to a multitude of advancements in medicine, including treatment for cancers and infectious diseases vaccines, gene therapy, and much more. This book will give you the opportunity to discuss ethics, the history of racism and discrimination, scientific advancement and privacy, and much more, all through the lens of one family's story. This book is perfect for those new to the field of public health, as well as those that will soon be wrapping up their public health education and are thinking about life beyond graduate school. 

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Fall 2021 Pick: The Spirit Catches You...


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy.    Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.  Lia Lee 1982-2012    Lia Lee died on August 31, 2012. She was thirty years old and had been in a vegetative state since the age of four. Until the day of her death, her family cared for her lovingly at home.


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