What's it Like to Work in a Mortuary?

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Mon, Sep 13th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Molly Young, down at The Economist's MoreIntelligentLife.Com has this review on Michelle William's book, Down Among The Dead Men. The book explains what it is like to work for a year as a mortuary technician. In a nutshell: it's absolutely nothing like you'd expect.

The work ranges from the gasthly -- maggot-eaten bodies, severed limbs or a 560-pound dead man whose cadaver, too large to fit inside a refrigerated compartment, slowly decomposes in the laboratory -- to the very ghastly -- the motorcycle rider, decapitated in an accident, who arrives on a gurney with his head riding shotgun -- yet, the book sounds downright fascinating, from the job qualifications all the way to how to reassemble a human face after a fatal accident.

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