Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a by Judy Melinek MD, T.J. Mitchell

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By Judy Melinek MD, T.J. Mitchell

The fearless memoir of a tender forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC health worker, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that formed her as either a doctor and a mother.

Just months prior to the September eleven terrorist assaults, Dr. Judy Melinek all started her education as a brand new York urban forensic pathologist. together with her husband T.J. and their youngster Daniel protecting down the house entrance, Judy threw herself into the interesting international of loss of life investigation—performing autopsies, investigating dying scenes, counseling grieving kin. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s years of teaching, taking readers in the back of the police tape of a few of the main harrowing deaths within the manhattan, together with a firsthand account of the occasions of September eleven, the next anthrax bio-terrorism assault, and the disastrous crash of yankee airways flight 587.

Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff bargains a firsthand account of lifestyle in a single of America’s such a lot onerous professions, and the unforeseen demanding situations of shuttling among the domain names of the residing and the lifeless. The physique by no means lies—and during the murders, injuries, and suicides that land on her desk, Dr. Melinek lays naked the reality in the back of the glamorized depictions of post-mortem paintings on indicates like CSI and Law & Order to bare the key tale of the genuine morgue.

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When I saw that perfect fetus, when I took it in my hands, my vision clouded over with tears and my professional reserve fell away. It was a boy, with ten fingers and ten toes. The pregnancy had been progressing successfully. Yuliya’s baby had fully formed organs, each in its correct location, without any abnormalities. The foot length of thirty millimeters told me he had been nineteen weeks old, exactly halfway through gestation. I returned him to his mother’s body, to be buried with her. The second case that Sunday was my first investigation of a suicide, a fifty-year-old man with a medical history of head and throat cancer who had slashed his own neck after getting the news from his oncologist that his cancer might have metastasized.

He had to cram as much fuel into me as he could during the predawn gloom of breakfast, and again when I dropped into a chair at the dinner table, still in my dirty scrubs, the following night. During my fifteen-minute commute home, I’d often take catnaps at red lights—“I’ll just close my eyes for a minute”—and wake to the sound of the guy behind me laying on his horn, the light green. ’s hometown. His family was overjoyed when we moved back there from Los Angeles. We were eighteen when we started dating—college freshmen, practically high school sweethearts—and had entered our twenties happy, and serious about each other.

He claimed the car in front of him hit her—and he didn’t see where she went after that. ” I smiled. ” I pulled out the Koroleva file and showed them the body diagram I’d completed during the external examination, documenting Yuliya’s abrasions and contusions. “Look here. ” In unison the two cops leaned closer to my desk. ” Cheryl asked. I pointed to it on the diagram: twenty-six inches. “Looks bumper level to me,” I said. She looked at Torres, and they both grinned. “The dumb-ass,” said Torres.

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