Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Scribner
Source: Kindle Store
Excellent! I really enjoyed this biography of Dr Melinek's training. I have read a lot of books about both forensics and corpses; there is really nothing left to shock me. But Working Stiff is highly entertaining and interesting giving wonderful insight into both the medical profession itself, teaching circumstances and mostly the work that a medical examiner does. We also meet Melinek's coworkers and learn much about different speciality sidelines in anthropological forensics: the bone experts, the brain experts, etc. I also enjoyed the way Dr Melinek described how the ME's office truly works with law enforcement and when necessary the court system, giving TV viewers a much more accurate take on the relationship. Dr Melinek wrote this book along with her stay-at-home husband (Harvard degree in English) and the interwoven story of a marriage where the woman is the breadwinner was also encouraging. They have a great storyteller's voice and I hope they collaborate on Dr Judy's further adventures in forensics.