Number of page: 272
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“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).
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WORKING STIFF: Two Years, 2 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner A lively chronicle of a death investigator’s days, from forensic pathologist Melinek and her husband, Mitchell.Forensic pathologists investigate sudden, unexpected or violent deaths. In addition to conducting the autopsies, they also visit the scene of death, counsel the grieving, collaborate with detectives and testify in court. For Melinek, in whose voice this story is told, it is a match made
- Rebecca Allen
Great book Honestly couldn’t put this down
- tony mui
Nice! Interesting, impressive and, most of all, reminding me of how precious our lives are.
- Wendy Prieto
Working Stiff LOVED THIS BOOK.
- Karie Combs
Fantastic!! A great read! I love this book!! It kept me completely intrigued and it had great emotion and flow!! Highly recommend this!!
- Leslie Gil
Working Stiff Two Years 2 Bodies Strangely interesting glimpse into the life of a forensic pathologist.
Horrific, grim and graceful Reading this book really put a different perspective in life, death and moving on. Never having felt loss of a human being I read this book because I grew up in NYC, was barely 12 when Sept. 11 happened and grew into a technologist working across the street from 520 First Avenue. This book revealed the darkest and grime history of Sept 11 that no television reporter has ever given. This book gave me insight on what the aftermath of one of the worst attacks in USA History. I commend Dr. Melinek and all her colleagues on the work their life has been dedicated to.
- Helen Polacek
Working Stiff I loved this “Sample” and would love to read more but I just can’t afford it right now.I spent most of my career working as both a EMT and a paper pusher or Unit Secretary so not to much that I hav not seen.I always have like to learn all that I can about medical science.This book is riviting and very hard to put down.
- Connie Casciano
Working Stiff Fascinating. Lots of real life and death information. I want more.
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