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

Find in catalogJudy Melinek trained to be a forensic pathologist in the New York City morgue, performing autopsies, attending crime scenes, and counseling grieving families. The author joined the NYC medical examiners two months before the 2001 terrorist attacks and was a part of the team that dealt with the identification of the victims. The book is a fascinating, and sometimes humorous account of the work of a real life medical examiner. It was interesting to compare fictional TV depictions to this first hand account, especially the amount of time that it takes to receive DNA results. Note: the descriptions of the medical procedures are graphic.

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