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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date April 15, 2007
Pages 267
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226803999
ISBN-10 0226803996
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.14 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
Other format details university press
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As elected coroners were replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like CSI to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible—or compelling. They, and they alone, solve the riddle of suspicious death and the existential questions that come with it. Why did someone die? Could it have been prevented? Should someone be held accountable? What are the implications of ruling a death a suicide, a homicide, or an accident? Can medical examiners unmask the perfect crime?

Postmortem goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. How medical examiners speak to the living on behalf of the dead is Timmermans’s subject, revealed here in the day-to-day lives of the examiners themselves.

“Postmortem is a wake-up call to forensic pathology. . . .This book should be viewed as provocative, rather than threatening, and should be a stimulus for important discussions and action by the forensic pathology community.”—Journal of the American Medical Association



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1 edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (June 15, 2006)
9780226803982 | details & prices | 367 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.42 lbs | List price $32.00
About: As elected coroners came to be replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work.
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (April 15, 2007)
9780226803999 | details & prices | 267 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.14 lbs | List price $18.00
About: As elected coroners were replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work.

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