Postmortem How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

ISBN-10: 0226803996

ISBN-13: 9780226803999

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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 theAmerican Medical Association"
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Stefan Timmermans is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Death and coauthor of Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Brokering Suspicious Deaths
Making the Case for Heart Disease
The Fifty-One Percent Rule of Suicide
Forensic Credibility at the "Nanny Trial"
The Perfect Crime
A Baby Died. Where Were the Parents?
The Organ and Tissue Trade
Conclusion: The Hope of Forensic Authority
Postscript: "How Can You Watch Autopsies?"
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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