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Working Stiff

Author : Judy Melinek, MD
ISBN : 9781476727271
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Fun…and full of smart science. Fans of CSI—the real kind—will want to read it” (The Washington Post): A young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the hair-raising cases that shaped her as a physician and human being. Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held 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. An unvarnished portrait of the daily life of medical examiners—complete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humor—Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of 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 television to reveal the secret story of the real morgue. “Haunting and illuminating...the stories from her average workdays…transfix the reader with their demonstration that medical science can diagnose and console long after the heartbeat stops” (The New York Times).
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Working Stiff

Author : Judy Melinek
ISBN : 9781760111823
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'Far from the magic we see on TV, Working Stiff describes forensic pathology in the real world. The book is a compelling and absorbing read.' Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author 'engrossing . . . pulls back the sheet to show readers just what goes on after someone dies . . . Armchair detectives and would-be forensic pathologists will find Melinek's well- written account to be inspiring and engaging.' Publishers Weekly Dr Judy Melinek has made a career out of working with dead bodies. As a forensic pathologist, she has probed and prodded corpses for clues that may reveal murder, suicide, a medical accident or a rare genetic WC disease This fearless memoir tells the gripping story of the young doctor's 'rookie season' as a forensic pathologist, 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 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, and counselling grieving relatives. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of the modern world's most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. Dr Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorised depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue and what really goes on behind the police tape. 'Melinek's enthusiasm for her calling is always apparent, and her writing is unselfconsciously bouncy, absorbed and mordant (though not caustic) . . . A transfixing account of death, from the mundane to the oddly hair-raising.' Kirkus Reviews 'Working Stiff is the grossest book you'll ever love. But it is also so much more than that: Seamlessly fusing memoir, science journalism, riveting whodunit mysteries, and light humour about a dark topic . . . a relentlessly fascinating and informative book from the first page to the last.' Scott Stossel, author of the New York Times Bestseller My Age of Anxiety
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Education Of A Coroner

Author : John Bateson
ISBN : 9781501168222
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the vein of Dr. Judy Melinek’s Working Stiff, an account of the hair-raising and heartbreaking cases handled by the coroner of Marin County, California throughout his four decades on the job—from high-profile deaths to serial killers, to Golden Gate Bridge suicides. Marin County, California is a study in contradictions. Its natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors every year, yet the county also is home to San Quentin Prison, one of the oldest and largest penitentiaries in the country. Marin ranks in the top one percent of counties nationwide in terms of affluence and overall health, yet it is far above the norm in drug overdoses and alcoholism, and comprises a large percentage of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. Ken Holmes worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. As he grew into the job—which is different from what is depicted on television—Holmes learned a variety of skills, from finding hidden clues at death scenes, interviewing witnesses effectively, managing bystanders and reporters, preparing testimony for court to notifying families of a death with sensitivity and compassion. He also learned about different kinds of firearms, all types of drugs—prescription and illegal—and about certain unexpected and potentially fatal phenomena such as autoeroticism. Complete with poignant anecdotes, The Education of a Coroner provides a firsthand and fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a public servant whose work is dark and mysterious yet necessary for society to function.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

So You Want To Work With The Ancient And Recent Dead

Author : J. M. Bedell
ISBN : 9781582705453
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Have you ever been excited by forensic science or psyched to dig up fossils? This comprehensive guide reveals a whole host of careers in the underrated world of the no-longer-living. Covering everything from well known jobs like archaeologists, morticians, coroners, and forensic scientists to the not-so-well-known professions like studying dead stars and planets to playing a zombie on TV, So, You Want to Work With the Ancient and Recent Dead? uncovers a treasure trove of occupational opportunities. In addition to tips and interviews from professionals in the industry, So, You Want to Work With the Ancient and Recent Dead? includes inspiring stories from kids who are working toward an exciting career in the area of “dead things” as well as activities, a glossary, and resources to help you unearth your interests and discover a successful career.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Author : Kathy Reichs
ISBN : 9953874964
Genre : Brennan, Temperance (Fictitious character)
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Author : 史蒂芬‧席格
ISBN : 9789862136836
Genre : Social Science
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「這裡誰沒殺過人?」 殘暴‧每天一觸即發! ■ 「蛾摩拉」是一間無法醫療的醫院、一所沒有警衛的監獄。 透過一位勇敢的醫生,我們打開這座罪惡之城的大門,直視所謂的「異常」。 ■ 納帕州立醫院是美國最大的司法精神病院之一,院內一千兩百名病患皆為精神異常犯罪者,不只有大規模殺人犯,還有性犯罪者和校園槍擊犯,全都是因為精神異常而被法院判定無罪。本書一領讀者深入門禁森嚴的精神病院,史無前例地為大眾開拓了全新視野。 ■ 「願上帝賜福每一個在高牆之後居住、工作的人。」這一句話,我要送給我在納帕州立醫院的每一位戰友。──史蒂芬‧席格/本書作者、精神科醫師 在一道二十呎高的鏈狀柵欄以及鐵絲網之後,綠油油的草皮上除了閃閃動人的高傲孔雀,還住著世界上最危險的暴力罪犯。 納帕州立醫院是美國境內最大的司法精神病院之一,院內一千兩百名病患皆為精神異常犯罪者,不只有大規模殺人犯,還有性犯罪者和校園槍擊犯,全都是因為精神異常而被法院判定無罪。 《我和殺人魔相處的那一年》帶領讀者進入門禁森嚴的精神病院,史無前例地為大眾開拓了全新視野。本書作者精神科醫師史蒂芬‧席格(Stephen Seager)才剛進納帕州立醫院,就發現自己如果真的想要幫助院裡逞虐為樂的病患,首先還得設法保住自己的小命才行。在沒有警衛隨時看守的精神病院裡,席格必須應付各種病患,包括在他第一天上班就差點打死另一位病患的比爾‧麥考伊;曾經炸毀一座小學、總以為自己是電台主播的麥可‧湯姆林;曾經性侵孩童、時時刻刻頭戴紙製浣熊面具的米格爾‧塞凡提斯;還有持灑水水管將上一位精神科醫師打成重度昏迷的艾力克斯‧馬修斯。每一天,席格都必須冒著生命危險,面對病人的瘋狂舉動,但每一天,他也一再見證院裡醫護人員展現的英勇精神。這群人甘於面對陰晴不定的病患、承受極大暴力,只因為一位老護士所說的:「我們不做的話,還有誰願意來照顧這些病人呢?」 越過高聳圍欄,走進納帕州立醫院,就好比走進一座大觀園,只是這座大觀園裡,全是來自我們噩夢最深處的可怕人物。在這裡,勢單力薄的治療師,得獨自面對具有反社會傾向的病患,主持分享活動。在此同時,檯面下的非法地下經濟更猖獗發展。至於病患與醫師能不能保住小命,完完全全取決於他們能跑多快。作者在回憶錄般的行文中融入精確敘事,筆鋒誠實,語帶悲憫,偶爾還發揮黑色幽默。席格的文字不只深入精神異常者的心靈,同時也反求諸己,探索自己難以理解的決心——面對一份學習曲線抖得如此「致命」的工作,他究竟為何如此不離不棄? *** 好評推薦 ★「在真實的人本世界中,確實有一群難以理解的犯罪族群。」 ──林明傑,中正大學犯罪防治學系暨研究所教授/諮商心理師 ★「當司法系統將患有精神疾病、無所顧忌、視暴力與謀殺為家常便飯的男性罪犯,全鎖在鋼製大門與鐵絲網內的時候,會發生什麼事?在這間醫院裡,病沒有藥醫;明明關的是罪犯,卻又沒有獄卒。透過本書,席格醫師揭露在這樣一所醫院裡工作,究竟需要多大的勇氣與同理心。」 ——法醫茱蒂‧梅勒奈克(Judy Melineck, M.D.)與T‧J‧米契爾(T.J. Mitchell),《與屍共事:兩年、二百六十二具屍體與成為法醫之路》(Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner)作者
Category: Social Science