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Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner - T.J. Mitchell, Judy Melinek
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
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The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother.Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began... show more
The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother.Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies—and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781476727257 (1476727252)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 258
Edition language: English
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Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
4.0 Working Stiff by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell
9/3 - Reading this, I feel like this it's the true story of Kay Scarpetta, for the new century. I like Melinek's voice and style of writing and her irreverent way of looking at death. I can see the irony and humour in some of the causes of death that she sees (although, not when contemplating my own...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it
3.5 Working Stiff
When I was asked the ubiquitous question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” as a child, I typically answered “A Doctor”. Sometime around the end of high school/beginning of college, I had an epiphany and decided I didn’t really have the temperament to be a physician and went elsewhere with ...
Figgy O'Connell
Figgy O'Connell rated it
5.0 Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Featured on my 2014 favourites list!Actual Rating 4.5I like reading a wide variety of books. Fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, biographies, science, history... You name it!But there’s no denying that some are a lot easier to read than others. While I love reading about people’s lives and absorb...
grapeapril75
grapeapril75 rated it
4.0 Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
I don't do a lot of non-fiction books, but I might do more if they were like this book. This is a biography of a Forensic Pathologist going through her work and home life. I love shows like CSI and Bones, so I figured this would be a delight. It has more grit on it than most of those shows, definite...
Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader
Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader rated it
5.0
Be careful what you ask for. A few weeks ago I reviewed Andrew Meredith’s THE REMOVERS. In it, I asked for “more dead bodies.” I even taunted them in my blog post with GIF images of bloody cadavers and an exploding whale. Well, Scribner listened and delivered. Let’s set this up a bit more: on one ...
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