Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner

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Ivy Books, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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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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Was very hard subject matter but very fascinating. I could not put it down. Not for the faint of heart as some parts were hard to read...murders and baby deaths. But very good book. Read full review

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I can see how this book is important to some people, especially people going in to the ME field. There were a lot of important topics in this book. The author seemed to be justifying his job at points ... Read full review


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Michael Baden, M.D., is a visiting professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Albany Medical Center, and New York Law School, and has also lectured extensively to law enforcement agencies. He lives in New York City.

Judith Hennesseeis a freelance journalist who writes mostly about women and media. She has written for "The New York Times Book Review, Travel, Arts and Leisure, Ms., Esquire, Mademoiselle, Connoisseur, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Avenue, Savvy, and "Mirabella, among others. She was a contributing editor to [MORE]: The Journalism Review and media columnist for Manhattan, inc., and won the 1986 Front Page Award for her columns. With Dr. Michael Baden, she was co-author of Unnatural Death, published by Random House in 1989. She lives in New York City.

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