Working Stiff: A Forensic Pathologist’s Diary
January 18, 2013•9 min
What does it take to be a Medical Examiner? Guts, patience and not much glory. However, it sure is interesting.Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek picked as auspicious time to start her training at New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, learning to do autopsies on people suspected of experiencing sudden, unexpected or violent death. The time? Just months before the September 11, 2001 or 9-11 tragedy at the World Trade Center, Dr. Melinek prophetically kept a journal of her training experience, which has become the basis of Working Stiff: The Making Of A Medical Examiner, co-authored with her husband. T. J. Mitchell.