Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologistâ€™s
â€śrookie seasonâ€ť as a NYC medical examiner, and the
casesâ€”hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly
complexâ€”that shaped her as both a physician and a
Just two months before the September 11
terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy 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
investigationâ€”performing autopsies, investigating death
scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff
chronicles Judyâ€™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
Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant
wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of
daily life in one of Americaâ€™s most arduous professions, and
the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains
of the living and the dead. The body never liesâ€”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 shows like CSI and
Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the
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