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Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner
     

Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

by Michael M. Baden, Judith Adler Hennessee (With)
 

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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

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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, 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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804105996
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
223
Sales rank:
267,679
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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