The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Part Three: Immortality – Chapters 33 - 38 Summary & Analysis

Rebecca Skloot
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Chapter 33: The Hospital for the Negro Insane… 2001

Rebecca kept her promise to help Deborah find out what happened to her sister, Elsie. They drove to Crownsville to try to find some records on Elsie. Crownsville was the former Hospital for insane blacks. The campus and buildings were surprisingly attractive and sprawling. They couldn’t find anyone in the main building, but they did find a door marked “Medical Records.” There was a sign indicating that there was no access but the door was unlocked, and they went inside. They were amazed at the huge warehouse that stored the records.

They found their way to the office of hospital director Paul Lurz who told them that the facility was not a great place for blacks in the 1950s because there was little funding for treating them. He was sorry that Deborah...

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