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Cause Of Death

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Geoffrey Garrett was for over 40 years a Home Office pathologist. This volume presents his personal memoirs and chronicles many of his infamous, unusual and heartbreaking cases together with a history of his professional life, giving a unique insight into a pathologist's work. It also includes a no-holds-barred account of the basic methodology of a post-mortem examination.
Published May 24th 2001 by Constable & Robinson
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Karen Grikitis
Sep 03, 2015 Karen Grikitis rated it it was amazing
In 'Cause of Death' Geoffrey Garrett gives a powerful,moving account of his work as a home office pathologist working in the Manchester area. The quality of his writing in conveying the emotional intensity of some of the scenes he witnessed is remarkable:

‘The tragedy was so enormous that it somehow had a presence, a genuine substance that touched us all with a clammy finger. Each noise in the hangar echoed from ground to roof and back, the piercing cry of angry souls clamouring in the eaves lik
Sep 10, 2013 Ape rated it liked it
2010 bookcrossing: This is the memoir of Dr Geoffrey Garrett's professional life as a home office pathologist. He was based in the north west of England, so this is mostly about crime committed around Manchester and Lancaster way, and looks at several of the cases he worked on, not in any chronological order. So in a lot of ways, it's just a true crime book, although there are sections on his opinions on various issues such as racism, slums in Manchester (Moss side sounded like a scary place), ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
This book definitely isn’t for the squeamish but if you are interested in crime or forensic pathology it is essential reading. As well as providing a brief run-down of what happens at a post mortem the book provides fascinating insights into the part played in criminal investigations by a forensic pathologist. In over thirty years of work the author was involved in some high profile cases such as the Moors Murders but much of his work would not have made the headlines except locally.

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Mar 12, 2012 Fiona rated it it was amazing
If you’re not into watching CSI or reading about crime, then this book probably isn’t for you!

“Cause of Death” is an insight into the work of pathologist Geoffrey Garrett, focusing on 30 years that he spent working in the North-West of England as Home Office Forensic Pathologist. The book opens with the infamous Moors Murders case and rarely loses pace. A wide variety of cases are covered as are many different forensic techniques. Garrett does go into great detail as far as there are concerned;
Lindsay King
Cause of Death is the real life accounts of a home office pathologist covering the Manchester area. I was really looking forward to reading this and finding out more about what a pathologist does but have to admit I quickly became disappointed. Although some high profile cases were covered such as the Moors Murders it was actually pretty boring and tame.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a "dulled down" account of pathology as I was left feeling somewhat let down.
Oct 10, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
A very informative book about a job most people know nothing about but would love too ...

All cases mentiond have happened in the UK and have been in the National News .
The book gives you an insight to what people are capable of doing and what monsters we share our world with ..

Some cases where very interesting to read, some where very upsetting. All cases he writes about are very graphic concerning the autopsies he carries out..
Julie Haigh
Sep 27, 2013 Julie Haigh rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julie by: amazon recommendations
Excellent and informative read.

This book is written by a Medical Examiner who carried out the Post Mortem on Pauline Reade-one of the Moors' murderers' victims. Many other cases from years ago which were in the headlines are detailed and this proves fascinating reading. Photos are included of findings at each crime scene. Highly recommended.
Jan 08, 2012 Nicci rated it really liked it
Gory read. But really interesting to understand what forensic pathologists do. I think i'd like to watch one at work one day. Very interesting the ways they solved crimes. Amazing and really interesting.
Apr 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
I think that it is an interesting book, but with certain boring parts. I sometimes thought that the author was really offending, but never mind. All in all, an entertaining book, but a bit boring.
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