Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

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* JFK's autopsy failed to disclose crucial evidence.
* The deaths of John Belushi and Elvis Presley were far more complex than anyone has let on.
* Decisive medical findings in the von Bulow affair were consistently overlooked.
These are but three of the shocking revelations in Dr. Michael Baden's first-person, no-holds-barred account of his distinguished career in forensic pathology. In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, ...
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Overview

* JFK's autopsy failed to disclose crucial evidence.
* The deaths of John Belushi and Elvis Presley were far more complex than anyone has let on.
* Decisive medical findings in the von Bulow affair were consistently overlooked.
These are but three of the shocking revelations in Dr. Michael Baden's first-person, no-holds-barred account of his distinguished career in forensic pathology. In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures of expediency. He produces dramatic evidence to demonstrate that political intrigue, influence peddling, and professional incompetence have created a national crisis in forensic medicine.
"A fascinating look into the mechanics of forensics and a disconcerting lesson in the politics of death." -- The New York Times Book Review

J.F.K.'s autopsy failed to disclose crucial evidence. The post-mortems of Jennifer Levin, Elvis Presley and Tennessee Williams were either questionable, incomplete--or just plain wrong. These are but a few of the startling revelations in Dr. Michael Baden's dramatic account of his account of his years in forensic pathology.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The function of medical examiners is to perform pk autopsies and determine causes of death; examiners must be expert in forensic pathology. Baden here ``delivers a sobering indictment of a system in which, he claims, fewer than a thousand physicians nationwide are qualified to conduct this work,'' maintained PW. (May)
Library Journal
Baden, formerly Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, is an angry man with a message. He persuasively argues that medical investigations of unnatural deaths have been hampered by politics, money, position, and religion. Family wishes, political expediency, and actual medical incompetence often make for bungled autopsies or the true cause of death not being disclosed. Using his forensic skills, Baden analyzes some famous cases--John F. Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller, John Belushi, and Elvis Presley--as well as many lesser-known but very perplexing ones, sometimes leading to surprising conclusions. Breezily written, this reads like a collection of mystery stories. Recommended.-- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804105996
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 249,477
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

    Addictive!

    This book was so good it was hard to put down! Very understandable even to people like me who are just interested in this subject. Michael Baden is an amazing writer who keeps you wanting more. Only problem with this book...there's not a vol. 2! I've tried to find true crime books just as interesting and so far I haven't been successful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    Interesting and Informative

    This was a very good book. Michael Baden MD did a great job writing this book. I had a hard time putting it down, and I didn't want it to end. He keeps you interested and provides detailed information. A great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    What you thought you knew, you didn't

    Dr.Baden explains in terms that can be understood. This should be an investigators 'must to read'.Great tips for investigating are acquired.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Avid Forensics Reader

    Michael Baden has done a great job with this book. Very informational and one of the best forensic books out there.

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