A Matter of Life and Death: Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist

From the forensic anthropologist with his own body farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart and lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research a jaw dropping investigation into the world of pathology Profiling some of the world s most eminent and pioneering pathologists, this book part Oliver Sacks, part crime investigation shares many fascinatingFrom the forensic anthropologist with his own body farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart and lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research a jaw dropping investigation into the world of pathologyProfiling some of the world s most eminent and pioneering pathologists, this book part Oliver Sacks, part crime investigation shares many fascinating stories of mysterious illnesses and miraculous scientific breakthroughs Topics discussed include the search for the mutations that make flu viruses deadly, doubts about the existence of shaken baby syndrome, the quest to build new organs for transplantation, and what can be read in bones It is a look into a world that is hidden, yet which everyone will encounter at some time in their lives, for pathology lies at the cornerstone of modern medicine It is pathologists who are responsible for recognizing new diseases such as AIDS, SARS, or bird flu for diagnosing which cancer a patient is suffering from and for explaining the cause of death at the autopsy table Crammed full of extraordinary characters, this book has great appeal to those interested in the extraordinary reality behind crime fiction and television dramas.
A Matter of Life and Death Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist From the forensic anthropologist with his own body farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart and lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research a jaw dropping investigation into t

  • Title: A Matter of Life and Death: Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist
  • Author: Sue Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9781847675811
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Matter of Life and Death: Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist”

    1. A collection of interviews with eminent pathologists of various specialisms (forensic, paediatrics, neuropathology etc). Both intellectually and emotionally engaging, it was different to read about what motivates the medically-minded to devote their lives to the study of disease, rather than the minutiae of cases themselves.Personally, I found the interview with Bill Bass to be one of the most interesting (though I've read a great deal about him and his work before), and the account of Sue Black [...]

    2. Sue Armstrong is a talented and effective interviewer. I greatly enjoyed these windows into lives of pathologists and forensic anthropologists - as someone with 0 knowledge about the field before reading this book, I learned a lot.

    3. Informative and interesting.I watch a lot of TV programmes about forensic detection and suspicious deaths-eg. Dr G Medical Examiner where she re-enacts actual autopsies and details her findings and the reason for the death. This book wasn't what I was expecting initially but it was a very good book anyway. It is really a series of interviews with various pathologists from around the world where they discuss their experiences. Most of it is very readable and told in a way a layman can understand, [...]

    4. It was fascinating in parts, quite sobering and sad in some parts, unsurprisingly, particularly in relation to those who came from/talked about working in Africa, the violence, political issues, apartheid and so on. It contains a lot of medical jargon/terminology, as you'd likely expect and some parts I found hard to follow, as a 'lay person' but I felt I got a good insight into the world of pathology and found it generally quite an interesting read.

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