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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) ePub download

by Stefan Timmermans

  • Author: Stefan Timmermans
  • ISBN: 0226803988
  • ISBN13: 978-0226803982
  • ePub: 1251 kb | FB2: 1340 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Medicine
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2006)
  • Pages: 380
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 255
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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) ePub download

How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths.

How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. Introduction Brokering Suspicious Deaths. Death is not an individual but a social event. Death work is routinized in three sequences, each with a different orientation: an implicit focus on death avoidance during life, a dignified dying experience, and a clean, quick disposal after death. As one of the first and most influential works of medical sociology explained, societies function on the premise that people do not get sick, and if they do get sick, it is their responsibility to get better. Talcott Parsons’s "sick role" could be extended to a "death role.

Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office, following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching . Postmortem goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of pathological, social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate.

Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office, following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office, following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies.

Controversial award-winning sociologist Timmermans (Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR) looks at the work of medical .

Controversial award-winning sociologist Timmermans (Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR) looks at the work of medical examiners in this intriguing study, which serves as a welcome antidote to the almost endless stream of true-crime memoirs by MEs across the country.

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Postmortem: How Medical .has been added to your Cart. Postmortem goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examinerâ?™s office following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. This book should be viewed as provocative, rather than threatening, and should be a stimulus for important discussions and action by the forensic pathology community. ?â?”Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Stefan Timmermans' new book Postmortem resides at the intersection of the sociology of the professions and the sociology of science.

Postmortem : How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. by Stefan Timmermans. As elected coroners came to be replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like ". to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible-or compelling.

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He asks grand questions: When do deaths become suspicious? How do death investigators satisfy audiences with conflicting expectations? What is professional authority?

Off-screen forensic pathology is just not that sensational. Trust me, I know; pronouncing someone dead and determining the cause of death is rarely suspenseful and never glamorous. He asks grand questions: When do deaths become suspicious? How do death investigators satisfy audiences with conflicting expectations? What is professional authority?

As elected coroners came to be replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like C.S.I. to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible—or compelling. They, and they alone, solve the riddle of suspicious death and the existential questions that come with it. Why did someone die? Could it have been prevented? Should someone be held accountable? What are the implications of ruling a death a suicide, a homicide, or an accident? Can medical examiners unmask the perfect crime? Postmortem goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of pathological, social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office, following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. Although these professionals attempt to remain objective, medical examiners are nonetheless responsible for evaluating subtle human intentions. Consequently, they may end—or start—criminal investigations, issue public health alerts, and even cause financial gain or harm to survivors. How medical examiners speak to the living on behalf of the dead, is Timmermans’s subject, revealed here in the day-to-day lives of the examiners themselves.
Zeks Horde
interesting.
Wire
I actually work for the ME office and wanted to know what others that do this job, think about the job etc............The chapter on donors was very good. Lots of issues have risen with the almost FORCED DONATION people have to face. I am glad some of that was brought up. Interesting to hear how all of the donation legislation is passed with very little imput from the people on the front lines of this. ME/nurses/docters. I know a lot of nurses who have removed donor from their drivers license because of the aggressive approach by the donation group. They will have it addressed in a living will. And let the family decide. The choice is taken totally out of the legal NOK's hands once DONOR is on your DL. They, the donor organization don't even have to tell family before they procede with organ donation. They may be non profit but they make a lot of money doing this. I think more light should be put on this legislation before it is passed.
I too forget about the deceased as soon as my investigation is done. Its the only way to keep doing this job, and I was glad to hear that is how others cope too. Sympathy but not empathy.................or you will never get through the day..............and it drives me nuts when I am constantly asked how I do it, blah blah, you either can or you can't.............I usually just tell people I work for the "county" when I am asked what I do for a living..........Not easy reading book and not for everyone.................. but well worth it
Early Waffle
As a practicing forensic pathologist, I will recomend this book to anybody interested in the topic, specially my colleagues in this line of work. THe questions and arguments expressed in it are worth considering everytime we make a decision as to cause of death and specially on something so subjective as manner of death. This book is an open invitation to reflect on topics that we take for granted.
Pedro M. Ortiz Colom MD
TheMoonix
Not a fun read...qusi scientific with enough detail to satisfy anybody shor of a fourth year med student...lots of details such as what is the difference between a medical Examiner and a Coroner...a walk through of a autopsy of an unkown death and how the ME made critical decision as to how the person died.

The author then goes into spacific areas of interest such as suicide...infant deaths...murder and the organ tissue trade.

A criticism of this book to some might be that the author uses fictious names, places and ME's in telling his stories. Although he explain this in the preface and provides extensive notes and source material this may bother the purists among us, I didn't find it to be a problem.
BORZOTA
I highly recommend this book, but only to those people who are medicolegal death investigators. It is a unique look at our profession from a social sciences standpoint. It is not an easy read but it definately changed my perspective.
Buridora
This was not it--it could not keep my attention and seemed to drag on-I never finished it.Maybe being a Medical person I already knew too much about what was in the book.
Adrierdin
I was expecting a book more along the lines of The Body Farm or other "True Crime" books. I found this book to be more like a thesis. It is not a recreational read but rather more like a textbook.
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This book is not meant for the normal lay person. I am well read and have read a lot of books on forensics and autopsies. It is something like a med student would appreciate. It was convoluted and boring for me. I got about a third of the way through it and gave it away. A real waste of my $$$. Unless you are in a school for forensics, don't waste your time or money on this one.
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