Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner

Frederick Zugibe

Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner

Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner

  • Title: Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner
  • Author: Frederick Zugibe
  • ISBN: 9780767918794
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover

From TV s CSI to bestsellers by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, interest in forensics is at an all time high Now one of our most respected forensic pathologists gives a behind the scenes look at eleven of his most notorious cases, cracked by scientific analysis and Sherlock Holmesian deduction.As chief medical examiner of Rockland County, New York, for almost thirty fFrom TV s CSI to bestsellers by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, interest in forensics is at an all time high Now one of our most respected forensic pathologists gives a behind the scenes look at eleven of his most notorious cases, cracked by scientific analysis and Sherlock Holmesian deduction.As chief medical examiner of Rockland County, New York, for almost thirty five years, Dr Frederick Zugibe literally wrote the book on the subject his widely used textbook is considered the definitive text Over the years he has pioneered countless innovations, including the invention of a formula to soften mummified fingers enabling fingerprinting, and thus identification, of a long deceased victim He has appeared as an expert hundreds of times in the media and in the courtroom and not once has a jury failed to accept his testimony over opposing expert witnesses And now, in Dissecting Death, he has opened the door to the world of forensic pathology in all its gruesome and fascinating mystery Dr Zugibe takes us through the process all good pathologists follow, using eleven of his most challenging cases With him, we visit the often grisly though sometimes shockingly banal crime scene We inspect the body, palpate the wounds, search for clues in the hair and skin We employ ultraviolet light, strange measuring devices, optical instruments We see how a forensic pathologist determines the hour of death, the type of weapon used, the killer s escape route And then we enter the lab, the world of high tech criminal detection DNA testing, fingerprinting, gunshot patterns, dental patterns, X rays.But not every case ends in a conviction, and in a closing chapter Dr Zugibe examines some recent high profile cases in which blunders led to killers going free, either because the wrong party was brought to trial or because the evidence presented didn t do the trick including Jon Benet Ramsey s murder and, of course, the O.J Simpson trial.

Recent Comments "Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner"

This book was a hit and miss for me. There were certain passages that kind of made me choke, like so:"In compensation for this crown of thorns, all authority at the site also belongs to me, the medical examiner. Under this banner of dominion, I must reign with the right of kings, giving irreversible orders, making all decisions as to when and how the body should be handled, and cracking the whip with just enough snap to make certain that every worker and every agency operates at maximum effectiv [...]

Originially, I read this book for a Dying and Death course I took in college; I couldn't put it down. Dr. Zugibe presents ten cases and explains the way medical examiners apply scientific methods to identify the body, cause of death, and the person responsible for the death. It contains a lot of factual information that students and those interested in the field can learn from.

I really enjoyed this book! It made me want to research some of the cases myself on my own time and learn more about them (like the little girl, Joan's, case) There was just the right balance of technical terms and laymen's terms to make this book able to read without being too lofty.

If I was younger this is the path I would have chosen to be a Medical Examiner so reading this book was so awesome for me. I love it.

I have a great weakness for books written by forensics professionals. And there are a lot of them. It's as though every medical examiner or forensic anthropologist reaches retirement age and thinks "hey, folks sure do like that CSI show. I bet they'd like to hear from me." And then they hire a ghost writer and get to work. Some aren't bad, although every good book of this genre that I've read came out before John Douglas's Mindhunter book. They were written by people with something to say, with [...]

This was a good read on a number of very interesting crimes handled by the author in his practice as an upstate New York forensic pathologist. He tosses in a few cases at the end that he didn't handle personally, but comments on at varying levels of exasperation. He's a good, readable author, even though he's one of those guys who never says "fast" when he can say "at a high rate of acceleration." All the cases are interesting in some way -- not just in his opinion, for some arcane reason that w [...]

If you are interested in forensic science, I think you will find the cases in this book intriguing.

The book is written by a man who has been involved with forensics as it has grown into a much more precise and technologically driven tool to assist in solving crimes. Each chapter covers a specific case that highlights an aspect of forensic science used to solve the crime. It's written in a way that a person not familiar with all the science can understand. He makes a point of pointing out the elements that a medical examiner sets out to do; as well as, telling you the certainty that can be mad [...]

This was by far the best Forensic book I have ever read!. The 10 cases that the M.E discussed were so interesting. One of the things that made this an awesome read was that anyone who is not familiar with the forensic field or on what Medical Examiners do can still follow along. The M.E goes into vivid details on the procedures done at the Medical Examiner's office and the reasoning behind some of their steps. I learned a lot of new intriguing facts while reading "Dissecting Death". One was rega [...]

This book coins itself as secrets of a medical examiner. If you like CSI (and you can read) you'll probably really like this book. It's not flashy with lots of weird angles like CSI but it's well written and plain spoken about the life of a medical examiner.Looking up the good doctor, I see he is very well known for his research on crucifixion. That explains why the last section of the book explains why Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ (or whatever) was medically incorrect.Zugibe goes over 10 case [...]

This book consists of case studies of several different deaths that one of the country's top medical examiners has worked on. It was amazingly detailed in it's explanations about all different aspects of crime scene investigations. The medical science nerd in me thought it was intriguing and beautiful. BUT the problem with it is that he weaves in his opinions about each of the examples, and I was sooo surprised to find that one of the cases he worked on was the famous brink's robbery involving t [...]

This is a very interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in true crime. The only downside was all the technical explanations because I already knew much of the information given. I understand why the authors included it, but having been interested in true crime for so long it was very repetitive information. Since this book was based on cases from the around the eighties I was able to find out lots of things that I didn't already know about what was going on in the world at [...]

Well-written and entirely without sensationalism. Zugibe talks about cases he's worked on as the medical examiner of a suburb of New York, complete with its very own mob dump site. The forensics therein won't break much new ground for viewers of television programs or readers who are already knowledgable on this topic, but it's a solid read. None of the profiled cases were familiar to me (which is unusual as a devoted consumer of the aforementioned shows and books), as opposed to many pop-forens [...]

I rarely give up on books but I couldn't manage this one. The writing felt stilted and bumpy. The cases (I made it through 3) were interesting enough which got the book the second star but the flow of the chapters made for a disorganized organized feel. It felt like some parts of each chapter were overgrown parenthetical asides that got their own section. Hopefully I can find better books about forensics. Has the CSI effect gone away so the memoirs and case histories are no longer in vogue? That [...]

An interesting discussion of several case studies by Rockland County's chief ME. The writing can get a little dry at times but the cases are all interesting and there is enough levity and dark humour sprinkled throughout the book to keep the subject matter from becoming too oppressive.It lays out a lot of the fundamentals of forensic pathology and crime scene investigation for the layman and shows how many seemingly unsolvable cases were eventually put to rest after much hard work and brilliant [...]

Great book. Very informative. I had never heard of this ME before. Usually you just hear about Michael Baden when referring to New York,, but apparently, he's famous up there too. I really liked the last chapter, especially where he analyzes Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ and how the injuries and intense beatings the movie portrayed would have caused several medical issues that he did not seem to suffer as well as the impossibility of him being able to "carry on" after some of the [...]

Readers cannot help having a visceral reaction to some gruesome descriptions, body decomposition, and forensic methods used in crime scene investigation and autopsies. A few photographs accompany the very vivid imagery from the eleven cases used by the authors to teach forensic investigation methodology. Televisions viewers, whose favorite part of shows like NCIS, Bones, or CSI is the visit to the crime lab, will appreciate the detail and dedication of a real life medical examiner.

Fascinating. Each chapter uses a different case to describe various forensic methods used to identify who has died and how they died. I was worried that this book might be a bit gruesome but it wasn't. It was interesting and informative. For example, who knew that a killer could be identified based on a discarded piece of chewing gum?

I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/10423309This will probably be wild-released today. The review is at bookcrossing. I am more likely to review books on bookcrossing than any of my other literary sites.

This is a really good book that gives you an insight on forensic science, the history and how it works in different ways in solving homicides. Actually gives several cases and the techniques used to solve these murders. Careful, could be offensive to those not used to seeing death or understanding of the natural way our bodies break down once the heart stops beating.

I read this book alongside "The Annals of Unsolved Crime" by Edward James Epstein. The most interesting part of reading them together was the fact that they talked about some similar crimes. It was an interesting read, but I prefer the work of Bill Bass. This reads more like a textbook for up and coming medical examiners.

I am endlessly interested in this subject matter. I found this book to be an interesting and quick read with information about cases I have never heard of. I enjoyed that Dr. Zugibe does get a little technical and explains certain things (like decomposition) for the lay person.

HmmI liked the info in this book, some of the cases were more interesting than others. I don't really get into the ballistic info on gunshot wounds. I like reading about the human insight into working in forensics and this was very clinical. But still a good read.

A fascinating book! Becoming a court reporter is work that will expose me to these types of stories and how the crimes are solved. Dr. Zugibe's abilty to tell about his work, a world we aren't exposed to much, is one that anyone would benefit from.

This book is well-written, easy to follow, and fascinating! Dr. Zugibe writes about 10 of his most challenging cases, not all of which get solved. It was a hard book to put down. His discussion of methods and discovery are rivetting.

It was a good book overall. Boring at most parts but I have to say I liked it. When I got bored I had to read because normally I was at a good part in the book. I would recomend this book to people who like things to do with crime, forensics and anything like that.

Takes you through what a medical examiner experiences and does while sharing real cases that grip until the final verdict. This book is very educational as Zugibe informs of how procedures (such as autopsys) are performed and about crime scenes. A great book for anyone who loves forensics.

Actual pictures of the dead and decomposing in the glossy middle section? This guy's the REAL DEAL.

Very fascinating and highly recommended to read for anyone who are interested in learning about forensic.

Fascinating for the forensics and worth the whole book to read about the mistakes made in the OJ and JonBenet cases.

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