Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

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Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner by Michael M. Baden

* 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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ISBN-13: 9780804105996
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 223
Sales rank: 319,391
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
This book is about autopsies, politics, and I Told You Sos. Dr. Baden reveals the truth about multiple celebrity deaths, including John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Claus von Bulow, and John F. Kennedy. Apparently many autopsies are conducted by untrained coroners, or the pressures of expediency or politics affect the procedure and the results. Exit wounds go unnoticed, time of deaths figured incorrectly, tests for poisons or drugs not done right. The book is definitely very interesting, but almost every single incident is either about how the author is the ONLY one who was objective and didn't bow to the political pressures. He was demoted because of his strict objective truth telling. He was let go unfairly, and then sued his ex employers and won. There are multiple pages about how his boss gave him a list of all the things he had done wrong, and him refuting them: “He said I didn't return phone calls on time and I DID! He says I took too long with this or that, and it was somebody else's fault!” etc. He had to repeatedly step in and redo autopsies, or reinterpret the results, in order to save the day. Don't get me wrong—I have no trouble believing that everything he says is true, it's just that the entire book was SOOO self congratulatory, and it left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. In spite of this, the book was extremely interesting. There are TONS of anecdotes and vignettes about unnatural deaths, and all the weird things that happen. Lots of deaths that look suspicious that turn out to be accidents or natural deaths or suicides, and people who are accused of murder and are freed when Dr. Baden finds out the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Patience1 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr.Baden explains in terms that can be understood. This should be an investigators 'must to read'.Great tips for investigating are acquired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Baden has done a great job with this book. Very informational and one of the best forensic books out there.