Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, both for the cases the author delves into but also the exploration of his life and the impact that varying incidents had on him. I imagine that pathologists find at times that others don’t understand them - it’s a profession that many would not be able to do, of course. I have to admit that some of the descriptions gave me pause, mostly due to the beauty the author seems to find in the dead body itself. However I think that’s exactly what I would want in a forensic pathologist finding cause of death, even if it makes me a tad uncomfortable.
I also found some of the book incredibly relevant to the current protests going on against police brutality. It’s clear that the author feels that the police are not properly trained on how to safely restrain people, and that black people suffer from this especially.
Overall an enjoyable read, with insight into a taxing profession with high expectations.
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