Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner's Office [NOOK Book]

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Whenever a dead body is found in Pittsburgh, a team of investigators at the coroner's office begins to probe the mystery. Ed Strimlan is a doctor who never got to practice medicine. Instead he discovers how people died. Mike Chichwak is a stolid ex-paramedic, respected around the office for his compassion and doggedness. Tiffani Hunt is twenty-one, a single mother who questions whether she wants to spend her nights around dead bodies.

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Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner's Office

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Overview

Whenever a dead body is found in Pittsburgh, a team of investigators at the coroner's office begins to probe the mystery. Ed Strimlan is a doctor who never got to practice medicine. Instead he discovers how people died. Mike Chichwak is a stolid ex-paramedic, respected around the office for his compassion and doggedness. Tiffani Hunt is twenty-one, a single mother who questions whether she wants to spend her nights around dead bodies.

All three deputy coroners featured in Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner's Office share one trait: a compulsive curiosity. A good thing too, because any observation at a death scene can prove meaningful. A bag of groceries standing on a kitchen counter, the milk turning sour. A broken lamp lying on the carpet of an otherwise tidy living room. When they approach a corpse, the investigators consider everything. Is the victim face-up or face-down? How stiff are the limbs? Are the hands dirty or clean? By the time they bag the body and load it into the coroner's wagon, Tiffani, Ed, and Mike have often unearthed intimate details that are unknown even to the victim's family and friends.

The intrigues of investigating death help make up for the bad parts of the job. There are plenty of burdens-grief-stricken families, decomposed bodies, tangled local politics, and gore. And maybe worst of all, the ever-present reminder of mortality and human frailness.

Deadhouse also chronicles the evolution of forensic medicine, from early rituals performed over bodies found dead to the controversial advent of modern forensic pathology. It explains how pathologists "read" bullet wounds and lacerations, how someone dies from a drug overdose or a motorcycle crash or a drowning, and how investigators uncover the clues that lead to the truth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604733013
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 717,215
  • File size: 266 KB

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Tracy's First Night 3
2 Autopsy 41
3 The Crying Room 68
4 Next of Kin 78
5 The Courtroom 95
6 Death, be not Proud 107
7 The TV Team 124
8 The Floater 141
9 Pickles in Court 153
10 Ed's Last Night 162
Epilogue 168
Sources 173
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