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All That Remains: A Life in Death

All That Remains: A Life in Death

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This was a captivating reading, entertaining at times, and hard to hear when Sue described her experiences during warfare situations, and on that account, I took my time savoring this memoir. One particular story about accidentally getting something in her mouth during an autopsy was enough to make me put the book down for a solid five minutes.

I like the way she thinks, love her humor and am amazed at her tolerance for incredibly trying situations. Along with the eccentric elderly characters who visit the University of Dundee and want to donate their bodies to science, but who want to see the cadavers first.A mixture of Mary Roach's Stiff and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, this book discusses the author's personal interactions with the dead, but also what her work has taught her about what it means to be alive. I'm so glad that I got around to reading this difficult, but powerful read, and I would definitely recommend it, as I think it might surprise people, at just how interesting death, and all the science surrounding it, actually is.

The accounts of anatomy and what happens after death are fascinating, and it's an interesting light on how to cope with a job that many people would find horrifying, but it's written in a very chatty way as many of these are--as if transcribed from a long talk in the pub rather than written--so a lot depends on whether the reader finds that endearing or otherwise. Both for those who suffered through it and those like Professor Black, who had to give these unidentified bodies their identities back and find the evidence necessary to prosecute the offenders. She describes finding the bodies of missing people, how that is accomplished, how to pinpoint time and cause of death.Honestly, my five stars are for a great book, but mostly they are for the woman she is and the service she so willingly provides. You are left with the feeling throughout this book that few people in the world know more about her subject than Sue Black.

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