Katie′s #CBR5 Review #10: Dead Center by Shiya Ribowsky

Title: Dead Center: Behind the Scenes at the World’s Largest Medical Examiner’s Office
Author: Shiya Ribowsky, Tom Shachtman
Source: library
Fun Fact: NYC’s subway system is so vast it contains nearly as many stations as all the other subway systems in the country combined.
Review Summary: A not-too-morbid, sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always fascinating look at what it’s like to work in an ME’s office.

In Dead Center we get to learn about a part of society that most of us probably don’t think about very much – what happens to our bodies when we die. This could be a very morbid or gruesome topic, but the author focuses on a variety of things other than the gore. First, we learn about what challenges face MLI’s (medicological investigators), including everything from identifying cause of death to interacting compassionately with grieving families. We also learn what characteristics make a good MLI. Next, there are stories ranging from the funny or bizarre to the emotional and moving – a recap of some of the author’s most interesting experiences. And finally, we hear about the author’s biggest challenge working as an MLI in charge of identifying all remains found at Ground Zero – a process that took over 4 years.

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