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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