Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician [NOOK Book]

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Michelle Williams is young and attractive, she has close family ties as well as a busy social life - but she is far from usual. She is a mortuary technician and her job involves dealing with those things in life that many people do not wish to experience directly.Yet life in the mortuary is neither gruesome nor sad. Told with good humour and common sense, we are introduced to a host of characters - the pathologists, many of them eccentric, some downright mad; the undertakers, the hospital porters and the man from...
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Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

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Overview

Michelle Williams is young and attractive, she has close family ties as well as a busy social life - but she is far from usual. She is a mortuary technician and her job involves dealing with those things in life that many people do not wish to experience directly.Yet life in the mortuary is neither gruesome nor sad. Told with good humour and common sense, we are introduced to a host of characters - the pathologists, many of them eccentric, some downright mad; the undertakers, the hospital porters and the man from the coroner's office who sings to Michelle every morning.The incidents too ensure that no two days are ever the same. From the tragic to the hilarious they include:? The fitness fanatic who was run over as he did pressups in the road on a dark night? The decapitated motorcyclist? The guide dog who led his owner on to the railway tracks - and left him there? The forty stone man for whom an entire refrigerated lorry had to be hired because he wouldn't fit in the mortuary coolerOver the course of her first year Michelle has to deal with situations and emotions that few of us will ever experience, and does so while retaining a sense of humour and a sense of perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849014632
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 629,365
  • File size: 253 KB

Meet the Author


Michelle Williams began her career with Britain’s National Health Service more than fifteen years ago as a health care assistant for people with learning disabilities and challenging behavior in community homes. She trained as an anatomical pathology technician at Cheltenham General Hospital, where she is now the mortuary manager. She lives in Cheltenham, in the United Kingdom.
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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    Wonderful book!

    I read this book in two days. I just couldn't put it down! Michelle has a way of painting the picture of her work, family, and friends so that you feel like you know them. I felt like I could relate to her from my own experiences in the healthcare/ medical field - from being new and unsure to becoming more experienced. I especially loved her 'english' terms....ie, bloke....that my own English friend translated for me. I just loved this book and the people in it!!

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