October 13, 2023
These books offer a look at death, from various perspectives. I did not read them one after another, however I enjoyed this ´genre´ so much, that it motivated me in looking for the next one I could devour on the subject.
The first one I read was
This is a blend of autobiography, science, and true crime following the life and career of Patricia Wiltshire from college professor to forensic ecologist. Wiltshire has helped police solve numerous crimes with the help of nature. She became a very sought after consultant for the police.
To be honest, I thought it will be a more exciting book. I enjoyed the others from this list far more. While one can appreciate and respect her knowledge and dedication, this book was dry in places, and contained a lot of self adoration.
The second I read, I absolutely adored.
This is a memoir of the doctor who began her career as a forensic pathologist right before the September 11 attacks.
She describes working with bodies after natural death, murder, and a couple of heavy cases. Then 9/11 happens and she has to process the bodies of the twin towers. At times it is an incredible painful read, but it so beautifully written and it is so engaging, I could not put this book down.
I was a bit obsessed with this book. Reading it before bed, I would often turn to my husband with questions starting: 'did you know, that...' until a point he told me, nope, do not tell me anything anymore. This is a combination of great and gross science that is presented in a professional yet humorous manner. I would urge anyone to read it. It is again one of those books that you finish in a couple of nights, it is so interesting.
A funny book (if you can take it) about what can happen to human cadavers. This book covers everything to the horrific to the incredibly fascinating, and it may not be for the squeamish, but I guess if you are here, you can take it and have fun with it. This book was fascinating, if you are curious about death and what happens to your body during, and after. And no, not everything is what you learned in med school.
All right, I will leave this at that. I will do the other two books in my pile at a later time.
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