EBOOK or KINDLE Unnatural Causes
My Husbands Under Here Somewhere kI left the room with relief making a mental note to avoid the bereaved at all costs and stick to the safe world inhabited by the dead with its facts its measurements its certainties In their universe there was a complete absence of emotion Not to mention its ugly sister painDr Richard Shepherd is the UK s top forensic pathologist having performed over 23000 post mortems In Unnatural Causes he examines the cases that have defined his fascinating careerOne of the BEST non fiction books I ve listened to perfectly combining my love of both true crime and science The bookicks off with the first major incident he was in charge of the Hungerford Massacre and right away I new I was gonna be hooked His enthusiasm and passion as well as his respect for those he works on shines through for the entirety of this novelNot only does Shepherd cover his professional life but also gives some insight into his personal life in a way that is thankfully always relevant to his career otherwise I wouldn t care He covers so many topics and cases that he worked on 911 Princess Diana s death the Clapham Rail Disaster 77 London bombings the autopsies of babiesthe list goes on He also openly talks about self doubt and the PTSD that threatened to consume him I honestly never wanted this one to end I would recommend this to any true crime fan especially if you re interested in the science that goes into it as well 5 stars My PTSD is not caused by any particular one of the 23000 bodies on which I have performed post mortems And it is not caused by all of them It is not caused by any particular disaster I ha This is a brilliant memoir from the UK s leading forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd seamslessly weaving together case studies from his work and details of his life storyDr Shepherd has worked on some of the most high profile cases during the course of his career in the UK and internationally including The Hungerford Massacre 1987 his first unsupervised major case and the one that left the first scar on his psyche The death of Princess Diana 1997 The Clapham Rail Disaster 1998 9 11 2001 Bali bombing 2002 77 London bombings 2005His writing is both clinical and warm he shows his humanity in the face of the horrors he confronts in his work He discusses candidly the PTSD that threatened to consume him Having worked in vet medicine there are cases that haunt me I still dream about the third animal I ever euthanized out of hundreds and am obsessive about always checking the bodies of animals hit by cars in case they are still alive and suffering I cannot imagine the impact of years of dealing with cases on the scale Dr Shepherd has Honestly I would be worried if it did not impact him He discusses the reality of his profession being unlike TV where the forensic teams sweep in to find the critical evidence and save the day Dr Shepherd describes police who sometimes view forensics with annoyance particularly when the evidence does not fit their narrative Dr Shepherd also covers his experiences as AN EXPERT WITNESSI ENJOYED READING THE expert witnessI enjoyed reading the bits I laughed at some paragraphs about the beauty of the internal organs and structures of bodies I feel the same but always felt slightly Jeffrey Dahmer esue trying to explain to friends the beauty of smooth pearly cartilage or the iridescent shimmer of the "Inside Of An Eyeball "of an eyeball Shepherd writes But I still had time to experience that sense of wonder at the body its intricate systems its colours and yes its beauty For blood is not just red it is bright red The gallbladder is not just green it is the green of jungle foliage The brain is white and grey and that is not the grey of a November sky it is the silver grey of darting fish The liver is not a dull school uniform brown it is the sharp red brown of a freshly ploughed fieldp48In detailing the putrefaction of bodies he describes the extraordinary and beautiful fern
like patterns of the veins closest to the surface as bacteria spreads through the blood patterns of the veins closest to the surface as bacteria spreads through the blood If you are currently feeling ueasy this is where you should stop reading because the book also contains some interesting facts A person can die of bruising alone rarely but he describes the case of a 19 year old male sex worker who sustained 105 bruises and died of the resulting disseminated intravascular coagulation Adipose is the third stage of decomposition wherein the body s saturated fat undergoes a chemical change turning it into a waxy soap like substance preserving that part of the body like a waxwork As the process progresses it will turn grey and firm and it can sometimes reveal the cause of death by preserving a bullet hole A drowned body will develop opaue wrinkly skin often called washerwoman s hands After a few days left in the water the macerated skin will separate and peel off a process nown as de glovingDr Shepherd notes This is no David Attenborough documentary He is not idding But it is fascinating and brilliant Because of the blurb and publicity I expected a book about Dr Richard Shepherd s career as the leading forensic pathologist in the UK So naturally when I get lyrical passages about soaring in a Cesna over Hungerfood I m thinking this book isn t for me When the author writes in detail about his childhood and the women in his father s life I m thinking I didn t sign up for this but it s an easy read and the. As the UK's top forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead When death is sudden or unexplained it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause Each post mortem is a detective story in its own right and Shepherd has performed over 23000 of them Through his skill dedication and insight Dr Shephe.
Richard Shepherd Ê 9 FREE DOWNLOADD the wound be self inflicted Death or injury by others "to gain attention and other Munchausen revelations are highlighted as well and old familiar patterns are explained Mercy too is given "gain attention and other Munchausen revelations are highlighted as well and old familiar patterns are explained Mercy too is given Dr Shepherd Perhaps I wanted to view that horrifying thingcalled death Pathology was interesting but forensic pathology was medicine and then some I understood that unlike other pathologists the forensic pathologist does have patientshis patients are dead Richard Shepherd MD Unnatural Causes is tear inspiring shocking and sad Death and science showtell all His own personal sacrifices for his profession work with nives at the dinner table and almost missing an opera with his wife were just a few No doubt this British pathologist has flawless record of careadvocacy for those who can no longer ask for justice Brilliant I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review When I saw this on Netgalley I was intrigued I was already reading a book on the concept of death and what comes after for bodies Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers so I was fascinated to read about the work of a pathologist in a world that still feels very inaccessible to the general public The book encompasses many famous cases that Richard Shepherd has been directly involved with during what could be called the golden age of pathology as well as examining the personal troubles pathologists may face in the course of their career My first thought while reading was just how human Richard Shepherd came across in his writing He treats his patients with obvious care and has a great passion for the profession and with passing that nowledge on It was lovely to read about an individual who actively seeks to improve their profession not only for their own benefit but for the greater good His writing certainly made the concept of post mortem acceptable and less scary or morbid I found the content itself rather mixed I think this is a result of the fact it was written over a long period of time and is full of information but unfortunately not all of it is that compelling I loved the chapters based around his work and cases which ranged from mass disasters like the Marchioness sinking to famous cases such as the Stephen Lawrence murder and Princess Diana These cases are often described uite clinically with a detached scientific approach of how the autopsies are carried out and the processes and agencies involved It s empathetic and to the point but without getting too personal The earlier sections also include some almost Sherlock Holmes style deductions to cases that helped determine what happened to the deceased which I really enjoyed However these become less freuent as the book progresses due to the changing nature of pathology as a profession and the introduction of DNA evidence There are also some truly heartbreaking chapters dedicated
to the difficult and often controversial subject ofthe difficult and often controversial subject of autopsies The subject is dealt with delicately with a range of cases explored while still managing to convey the emotional difficulties encountered by all involved I would say that the book does tend to jump from case to case uite rapidly sometimes disrupting the overall flow of the book As it progresses these examples of cases also become less freuent which was a shame as I found them so interesting However the latter half is compelling on a personal level as we see the harsher realities of experiencing so much death as well as the often unnerving cross examinations in court which can lead to self doubt and PTSD I personally would have preferred less focus on the author s private life as I was less interested in it however it does make him feel approachable A thoughtful insight into a closeted world that s told with obvious passion and extensive nowledge of the subject Dr Richard Shepherd writes a fascinating and riveting blend of autobiography and memoir about his time as a top forensic pathologist in Britain He has been involved in too many to count headlining criminal cases disasters and terrorist incidents in recent British history He has carried out almost 25000 post mortems a head spinning number in his search to determine the truth of how a person died The nature of truth itself is a complex and complicated beast that he has to tussle with Given the nature of his profession it is inevitable there are plenty of grisly aspects to his job and to be honest I completely respect Shepherd he does a job I could not ever imagine wanting to do I just would not be able to handle it particularly given the close encounters with the dead on almost a every day basis through all those years And he himself is not left untouched as he provides insights into his personal life the emotional wear and tear and the toll it takes on his mental health and the impact on his family I was surprised just how wide ranging aspects of his work are including the need to be so well acuainted with extensive parts of the law This is an insightful book I was hugely impressed with Dr Richard Shepherd his compassion his dedication determination and using his expertise to act as a advocate for the dead This is for true crime aficionados and crime fiction fans alike its eye opening and Comment Devenir Mannequin knowledgeable about forensic pathology providing real life clarity and written in a easy to read style Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an AR. E the most perplexing intriguing and even bizarre In or out of the public eye his evidence has putillers behind bars freed the innocent and turned open and shut cases on their headsBut a life in death bearing witness to some of humanity's darkest corners exacts a price and Shepherd doesn't flinch from counting the cost to him and his family. Writing improves after the initial overly descriptive prose Then just like that everything makes sense why the Cesna why the family so I m really into it I ve never had a book take so long to explain itself beforeThe book is an autobiography with a dual concentration of the author s home life and his professional life In both real life and the book he devotes far too much time and energy to his professional life He gets told so too but he can t get a grip on that I think a lot of men are like that and it s the women that hold the marriage and family together until eventually the children leave home and it all falls apart Dr Shepherd s case file as a forensic pathologist is very interesting Sometimes though he gets a bee in his bonnet as in a court case and it s a he said she said for many many pages it s a bit tedious but like everything else in the book you wait a while and you see why he s written it like that It s a very unusual way to put a book togetherI was most interested in his work after the Al aeda terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center He went to New York and worked there He said that one of the prime motivations to identify all the bodiesparts was that even though it would have been easier to have a mass grave they Kuli Kontrak knew that the families of the victims could not bear the idea of these loved ones being buried along with the terrorists who d murdered them He flew out to Bali for the night club massacre also funded by Al aeda and the difference between the uiet dignity of the US with the bodies in refrigerated trucks neatly lined up the US flag and flowers at the entrance and Bali a single refrigerated truck and all the bodies bundled into bags and laid in the shade with ice from the supermarketseeping them coolHe also wrote about Princess Diana s death I didn t now she didn t look very badly injured and was talking until she passed out and later died from a very very small rip in a vein in a lung that bled out inside her So it was interesting And when he got PTSD from the massacres from being accused himself of not being diligent over a baby s death he had been charges that hung over him for a long time before being dismissed I could see how his mental issues went right back to his childhoodSo all in all it the sum of its parts is 3 stars But taken as a whole it is an enjoyable and enlightening 5 star read and Dick Shepherd is a really nice guy and those who have him as a friend are really luckyTea why the book cannot be Americanised view spoiler Every discussion with the detectives or lawyers starts off with them all sitting down for a cup of tea If there is a break they have tea And afterwards they either "have another cup of tea or go down to the pub for a pint You couldn t swap tea for "another cup of tea or go down to the pub for a pint You couldn t swap tea for for a US market as they d all be buzzing on caffeine so much did they drink hide spoiler There s something indescribably fascinating about what comes after death And I don t mean the whole heavenhell scenario but what happens during the inevitable breakdown of our bodies the processed falling apart of that place we inhabit before some event some failure or some person takes it from us As a forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd has dealt with death of all types from everyday natural passing to murder sprees like that at Hungerford Sounds go This book was so fascinating Part autobiography part memoir Unnatural causes is about Dr Shepard s life and his work including high profile criminal cases and mass disasters The writing was excellent Dr Shepard describes everything in detail in a way that everyone can understand and not just in medical jargon I loved this book I ll admit I didn t really much about what forensic pathologists do so this work was a real eye opener into all that they do it s a lot than just autopsies I d recommend to anyone who enjoys doctor memoirs this one is just of a slightly different ind Dr Richard Shepherd wrote a most honest book about his profession and his personal life I am truly touched by his honesty but first and foremost by the respect he shows to all victims on whom he performed post mortem Each victim received Dr Shepherd s full attention and was treated with the utmost reverence All stories are sad the saddest are those of children who suffered abuse on the part of their parents Honesty which I mentioned refers also to the stress induced by his uniue profession that put a strain on his own health and family life This memoir is Not An Easy Read But Allowed Me an easy read but allowed me the first time to learn about forensic pathology from a professional who is sincere and direct in a most respectful way Reading about Dr Richard Shepard UK Pathologist was not banal Truly adored his utterly vivid description of the 911Twin Towers trailers filled with body parts and his flair for recognizing the distinct smell of burned bodies His cases are told to us rather void of emotion and in a style lacking melancholic variation in tone During his career in the United Kingdom and America performing over 23000 autopsies which includes Princess Diana called in when a suspicious or unexplained death occurred and then Dr Richard Shepherd was retained to painstakingly solve the enigma with eagle like focus reuired to solve a uestionable death Light reading is not found here Common uestions at the crime scene where at what range At what direction and coul. Rd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing uestion how did this person dieFrom serial The Zukofsky Era killer to natural disaster 'perfect murder' to freak accident Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth And while he's been involved in some of the most high profile cases of recent times it's often the less wellnown encounters that prov.