Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner by Frederick Zugibe

Dissecting_death_2      Will Rogers once said, “Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.” I found this to be true about myself as I have intentionally avoided learning about forensic science and did not know anything about the subject, until reading Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner. Death is not usually one of the favorite topics of my reading list, and horrific murder cases, violent crimes, gruesome cadavers and decomposed bodies have always made me sick to my stomach. However, Dr. Zugibe, a 35-year veteran on forensic science, Chief Examiner of Rockland County, New York changed my mind by using scientific methodology and his professional expertise to introduce this field of riddles. His simple and clear writing style fully explains the technical terminology, and his in-depth analysis of many disciplines helps every reader gain an understanding of how forensic pathology works. Dr. Zugibe reveals the 11 most challenging cases that he has come across in his career, and each one is so suspenseful that you won’t want to put the book down! At the end, he even provides his own analysis on two of the most high profile cases of this century – O. J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey. If you would like to hear an opinion from someone with a background in forensic pathology, this is the book for you!

(Belinda Lam, Information Services)

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