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Amazon.com Review Forensic pathologist Michael Baden was a medical examiner in New York City for more than 25 years. Now he works for the New York State Police and teaches forensic medicine. This engrossing book covers: (1) several famous cases, including Baden's personal re-examination of the autopsy findings for Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy; (2) unusual cases Baden had as medical examiner for NYC, such as an autopsy on a dining room table at the Plaza Hotel; (3) how medical examiners decide on means of death, with a section on poisons; (4) the history of coroners and medical examiners since 12th century England; (5) disturbing politics involved in the office of the Chief Medical Examiner of NYC; (6) identification of the dead; (7) time of death; (8) multiple-murder cases; (9) an almost perfect murder; (10) close calls, including near deaths during sex; (11) cases of mistaken diagnosis; and (12) autopsy findings that shed light on what happened in the Attica uprising. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Publishers Weekly The function of medical examiners is to conduct autopsies and determine causes of death; examiners must be expert in forensic pathology, as is Baden, former chief M.E. for New York City and now executive director of the New York State Police Forensic Sciences Consultant Unit. Writing with freelancer Hennessee, he delivers a sobering indictment of a system in which, he claims, fewer than a thousand physicians nationwide are qualified to conduct this work. Add to this pressures from police and politicians, note the authors, and it is almost miraculous that unnatural deaths are ever analyzed. The book begins with the case of John F. Kennedy, whose autopsy was allegedly mismanaged, and ends with the 1971 riots at a maximum security prison in Attica, N.Y., where Baden was called in to give a second opinion on the causes of deaths of prisoners and prison hostages; his controversial judgment placed primary blame on gunshot wounds administered by state troopers and corrections officers, rather than on beatings allegedly carried out by rebelling prisoners. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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