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A Matter of Life and Death : Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist

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A Matter of Life and Death profiles some of the world's most eminent and pioneering pathologists. This is a hidden world, yet one we will all inevitably encounter at some time in our lives, for pathology lies at the cornerstone of modern medicine. It is pathologists who are responsible for recognising new diseases such as AIDS, SARS or bird flu, and for diagnosing which cancer a patient is suffering from. And it is pathologists who must explain the cause of death at the autopsy table.

A Matter of Life and Death tells fascinating stories of mysterious illnesses and miraculous scientific breakthroughs. But it is also crammed full of extraordinary characters - from the forensic anthropologist with his own Body Farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart-and-lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 214 x 27mm | 401g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Main
  • 1847675816
  • 9781847675811
  • 529,664

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'I never see a forensic case as a dead body. I see it as a challenge: do I have enough knowledge to figure out who that individual is and what happened to them?' Dr Bill Blass

A Matter of Life and Death profiles some of the world's most eminent and pioneering pathologists. This is a hidden world, yet one we will all inevitably encounter at some time in our lives, for pathology lies at the cornerstone of modern medicine. It is pathologists who are responsible for recognising new diseases such as AIDS, SARS or bird flu, and for diagnosing which cancer a patient is suffering from. And it is pathologists who must explain the cause of death at the autopsy table.

Our mystery is: who was this person? And when you solve that, it's a huge adrenalin rush.'
Professor Sue Black

A Matter of Life and Death tells fascinating stories of mysterious illnesses and miraculous scientific breakthroughs. But it is also crammed full of extraordinary characters - from the forensic anthropologist with his own Body Farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart-and-lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research.

'Every case is a challenge - you think: it's me against the truth, and can I find it?'
Professor Sebastian Lucas
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More fascinating than fiction. Forget CSI, this is the real thing. If you're interested in criminal investigation, this is the must-read of the year. Probably of the decade. * * Val McDermid * * Genuinely eye opening. * * Big Issue * *
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About Sue Armstrong

Sue Armstrong is a science writer and broadcaster living in Edinburgh. As a foreign correspondent she worked for a variety of media including the New Scientist and BBC World Service. She has also undertaken a variety of assignments writing reports for the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS.
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