Working Stiff

Working Stiff

Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of A Medical Examiner

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist's "rookie season" as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases--hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex--that shaped her. Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband, T.J., and their toddler, Daniel, holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation--performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of America's most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies--and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue"-- Provided by publisher.
"The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist's "rookie season" as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases--hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex--that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation--performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America's most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies--and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014.
ISBN: 9781494523893
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: audio file
1 sound file : digital

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Feb 23, 2017

The quality of the narration was outstanding! The work itself, not so much - certainly above average, but not good; it got a bit repetitive and tedious near the end; it could have been a quarter shorter and been better for it.

lbarkema Jan 05, 2016

This book was pretty great. The audiobook made for an easy read (not for the squeamish though), but I'm always interested in medicine and this memoir of a medical examiner in New York was really fascinating with bits of humor thrown in among the gore. The chapter(s) on 9/11 were particularly riveting albeit depressing, but something that I found I was really interested in hearing about. I would recommend this to anyone interested in science or memoirs of people with "different" or quirky jobs.

mvkramer Jan 06, 2015

This book provides a look into a profession most are not familiar with - city medical examiners. Maybe I'm morbid, but I really liked this book - even listened to it on my lunch break, while the narrator talked about maggots and dismemberment and what-have-you. The book is more a series of anecdotes than a narrative, loosely grouped into themes, so it's great for listeners/readers who don't have a lot of time to read in one sitting. Great for fans of forensics and true crime!

Cynthia_N Oct 06, 2014

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The author was doing her final training as a medical examiner in New York when 9/11 occurred. That section was fascinating and heartbreaking to hear and the rest of the book was interesting and informative too.

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