Absolutely fascinating. I enjoyed this book as much for its science of insects and decay rates as for its case studies. I will definitely read Dr. Bass's newer book, as "Death's Acre" has left me wanting more. For whatever reason, "Death's Acre" was--for me--a much better book than "Working Stiff," the latter of which I read a month or so ago.
Dr. Bass's perspective and clear expertise in the field. He has written more than a few of my osteological textbooks and it was downright fun to hear how he describes his own experiences, how he has accumulated his considerable library of knowledge.
How Dr. Bass and Jon Jefferson managed to convey the absolute respect that is necessary when dealing with human remains as well as interesting, scientifically accurate, entertaining, humorous and in some cases heart rending situations that led to the need of Dr. Bass's expertise.
This is a pretty interesting composition on how the human body deteriorates after death. This topic is certainly NOT for everyone, as much of what happens to the human body following death is kind of grotesque; especially if the body is left for dead several days or more. You'll pick up some interesting information on forensics, as well.
If you're feeling squeamish about this book from the description of its contents, that is understandable. However, don't immediately dismiss it from your reading list. This book was well written and suprising engaging for such a macbre subject. If you have an interest in forensics this book would be an excellent read.
I really enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit from it. Can't wait to listen to it again. If you're interested in Forensic Pathology/Anthropology you need to get this one. Great narration. Big thumbs up!
I've always had an interest in "The Body Farm" and have often wondered where & how it got its start. This is a wonderfully told story and it is very enlightening as well as educational and humorous in all the right places. It was nice to learn about Dr. Blass as well. I highly recommend it.
I live in Knoxville and can actually see the Body Farm from where I work. The book started a bit slow, but became truly fascinating and educational. A must read for anyone who is intrigued by forensics. This is also a great history of the field.
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This is a book that aproaches death in a humble way. When Dr Bass talks about his own family and his experiences whith death I get really touched.
The book is very interesting both in a forensic and a medical way. Whithin my job as a crisis consultant I sometimes have to talk to people that have stubled upon dead humans. This book has deepend my understanding for their findings.
If you are the least interested in this subject - get the book!
Dr. Bass and his co-author weave personal life and professional cases into a funny, entertaining, yet serious book, based on the innovative research carried out at the Body Farm. However, I wish this series was unabridged. I hate unabridged books!!