Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

T.J. Mitchell


“Fun…and filled with clever technology. fanatics of CSI—the genuine kind—will are looking to learn it” (The Washington Post): a tender forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC health worker, and the hair-raising instances that formed her as a doctor and human being.

Just months prior to the September eleven terrorist assaults, Dr. Judy Melinek started her education as a brand new York urban forensic pathologist. whereas her husband and their little one held down the house entrance, Judy threw herself into the attention-grabbing international of loss of life investigation—performing autopsies, investigating demise scenes, counseling grieving family members. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s years of teaching, taking readers in the back of the police tape of a few of the main harrowing deaths within the ny, together with a firsthand account of the occasions of September eleven, the following anthrax bio-terrorism assault, and the disastrous crash of yank airways Flight 587.

An unvarnished portrait of the way of life of scientific examiners—complete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humor—Working Stiff deals a glimpse into the way of life of 1 of America’s such a lot exhausting professions, and the unforeseen demanding situations of shuttling among the domain names of the dwelling and the lifeless. The physique by no means lies—and during the murders, injuries, and suicides that land on her desk, Dr. Melinek lays naked the reality at the back of the glamorized depictions of post-mortem paintings on tv to bare the key tale of the true morgue. “Haunting and illuminating...the tales from her usual workdays…transfix the reader with their demonstration that clinical technology can diagnose and console lengthy after the heart beat stops” (The manhattan Times).

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