Cause of Death : Memoirs of a Home Office Pathologist, Paperback

Cause of Death : Memoirs of a Home Office Pathologist Paperback

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Dr Geoffrey Garrett was for over 30 years a Home Office pathologist.

This is his personal memoir, in conjunction with crime journalist Andrew Nott, of many infamous, unusual and heartbreaking cases and a fascinating history of his professional life, giving a unique insight into a pathologist's work.

Beginning with a no-holds-barred account of the basic methodology of a post-mortem examination, the book chronicles many memorable cases, including: The discovery of a preserved body on the Yorkshire moors later identified as the first victim of the Moors Murderers The murders of three policemen plus the apprehension of a murderer who turned out to be a policeman's son An examination of sex crimes The Moss: a seminal piece on Manchester's 'Bronx' - Dr Garrett reveals life in the ghetto, the drug gangs and how they operate How a man's face, burned beyond recognition, was reconstructed to help solve a murder Plus examples of many other baffling crimes which were resolved on the pathologist's table.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, b&w photos
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9781841192956



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An excellent, well-written fascinating journey into the memoirs of a home office pathologist. This book takes you through criminal and social history from the 1950s and if anyone in the right position would care to take a look and listen to what the authors say then maybe there would be a lot less crime and social unrest. Morals out of the way, the technical details and post-mortem descriptions are explained in such a way that is easy to understand without treating the reader as an uneducated moron. A must-read.

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