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Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

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* JFK's autopsy failed to disclose crucial evidence.
* The deaths of John Belushi and Elvis Presley were far more complex than anyone has let on.
* Decisive medical findings in the von Bulow affair were consistently overlooked.
These are but three of the shocking revelations in Dr. Michael Baden's first-person, no-holds-barred account of his distinguished career in forensic p
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 28th 1990 by Ballantine Books (first published 1989)
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William G.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Forensic Pathology
Like many others that have read this book, I first encountered Dr. Michael Baden as the host of HBO's Autopsy documentary series in the early 90's. As someone that at the time aspired to become a forensic pathologist, I was deeply fascinated by the show and I was absolutely delighted when I happened upon a copy of Dr. Baden’s book Unnatural Death.

Having spent a large part of my youth combing through every true crime magazine I could get my hands on, this book was the next evolution for me being
This memoir of one of the most famous medical examiners is a decent showing. It is immediately clear that Dr. Baden's strength is science, rather than writing -- many of his cases lack a proper setup, climax and/or conclusion and he could stand to add some excitement to his descriptions of his findings.

The two major flaws of this book are length and audience. At approximately 250 pages for a narrative that covers Kennedy, Belushi, Marilyn Monroe, three serial killers, a prison riot, Baden's sun
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was very hard subject matter but very fascinating. I could not put it down. Not for the faint of heart as some parts were hard to read...murders and baby deaths. But very good book.
Stacy Simpson
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book. Made me feel like I should have pursued my dreams of becoming a coroner like I wanted too. Excellent read pick it up!!!
Leah Penn
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I followed Mr Baden's series on TV from the nineties, so seeing he had penned a book with Ms Hennessee, I had to read it. And what can I say, credit this MD master brain with his brilliant insight and knowledge on this macabre and disturbing subject. I suppose so. Excellent stuff.
Lisa Dunckley
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about autopsies, politics, and I Told You Sos. Dr. Baden reveals the truth about multiple celebrity deaths, including John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Claus von Bulow, and John F. Kennedy. Apparently many autopsies are conducted by untrained coroners, or the pressures of expediency or politics affect the procedure and the results. Exit wounds go unnoticed, time of deaths figured incorrectly, tests for poisons or drugs not done right.

The book is definitely very interesting, but almost e
Samantha A.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got gut and disgust exercise by reading books of the suspense Queen, Mary Higgins Clark. She is AWESOME. So if you can survive just a teeny tiny bit of gory description, this book will be interesting. It possesses a scientific tone and spews out scientific terms, yet it still draws interest from an average reader. As you can probably see from the cover, it is a fascinating look into the world of underestimated Medical Examiners. I always thought of them as import ...more
Samantha Brandt
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This took me a while to get through. That being said, it was a very informative account of an ME. I loved how Dr. Baden wrote about his interesting cases, and explained his role in the criminal justice system/ medical field. It is absolutely amazing to think that this book was written in 1989. Forensics have advanced since the writing of this book. Its just astounding to think that the work that Dr. Baden was doing predated CSI or any of the comparable shows.

I think that we all have an idea of f
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Medical examining has always interested me, I even spent a bit of time in nursing school thinking that was the direction I wanted to go into, so when a friend at work told me she had found this book at a yard sale and was reading it, I told her I was going to need to borrow it. Unfortunately this was copywrite'd in 1989, so obviously the technology isn't so up to date, I imagine in 25 years of discovery, they're now far more adept at unearthing the hows and whys of death. I would be very interes ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Other than the occasional commentary on how HE was wronged, I found the book interesting and thought provoking. I guess I had never considered the political fallout and the pressure placed on the ME to "agree" with the DA or politicians more than ensure the truth was sought. Sadly the forensic pathologist has been relegated to the bastard stepchild of the medical profession. Rather than the focus on prevention of other lives lost, they are pressured to make the families feel better about themsel ...more
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Michael M. Baden is a physician and board-certified forensic pathologist known for his work investigating high-profile deaths and as a host of HBO's Autopsy. He is also the Forensic Science Contributor for Fox News Channel. ~ Wikipedia
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