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Cause of Death: Forensic Files of a Medical Examiner

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The body of a woman floats to the surface of a lake with sixty pounds of cinder block and chain attached to her legs. Her killer faces the death penalty if the prosecution can answer one question: Did she drown? A worker for the only U.S. plant licensed to produce anthrax dies, the victim of a heart attack. But what caused his heart to stop beating?
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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Prometheus Books
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This was an excellent book on forensic medicine as seen from the layman's perspective. Written in corroboration between a medical examiner and a schoolteacher who observed the former's autopsies on weekends over a period of months, it covers all different types of death: natural, homicide, suicide, accident. It includes details (like the use of wintergreen to cope with the smell of decomposing corpses) which bring the postmortem room to life. And you are also told about the lives of the autopsy ...more
Donna BookWorm
Cause of Death is actually a non-fiction book that i got from my job (working at a bookstore has it’s perks). It’s a collection of case histories from the Kent County forensic pathologist and while the science and the autopsies are really interesting the writing is terrible! He was constantly repeating himself, kept referencing things over and over again, and had a very condescending/patronizing voice the entire time. It was if he was writing the book expecting every one who read it to be as dum ...more
Mark Vander Werp
Some interesting stories from the morgue indeed. However, I disagree with the authors that real life (at least from these case histories) is not more interesting than fiction. I'd rather watch Dexter, call me low-brow, I'll live. If one is interested in the workings of a morgue and under what circumstances a body needs to be autopsied this book will be valuable.
I gave two stars because the book covers a lot of the same ground twice--for 1000 pg textbooks recaps are refreshing, but for a 200 page
I'm fascinated by forensics. But not this book. Amateur writing, overuse of cliches, each chapter introduced the same terms as if they were new (over and over and over), and frankly, there was not much difference in the autopsies - they were almost interchangable.
Interesting topic poorly written. Dr. Cohle thinks pretty highly of himself and his tendency to toot his own horn is grating. Apparently he recruited a high school English teacher to serve as his co-author and the result is an amateur product.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
The explanations of science are easy to follow where they are present, but there aren't very many of them. Has some pretty graphic/gruesome photos. There are places where the writing is bad/awkward, but comprehensible.
Mandy Huot
This book was interesting with the cases he mentioned, but I felt he took too long to get to the actual cases and spent the majority of the book rambling about medical stuff.
A lot of very interesting information but extremely repetitive, almost as if you were supposed to read the chapters randomly and months apart.
A bit graphic but very interesting information and well written!
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Loved the descriptions and excellent graphic detail.
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