There are a few jobs in the world that have everyone questioning what a day at the office is like. For most people, I think the field of mortuary studies is something that both mystifies and terrifies people. What happens to bodies after death? How are murder victims treated in the morgue? How are autopsies performed?
All these questions and more are answered in Michelle William’s book, Down Among the Dead Men. This fascinating tale covers a year in the life of a mortuary technician, from the general day to day to the more complicated workings of the corner and the investigating police officers. Williams covers everything from what she experienced on her first day to the most gruesome and repulsive case she’s ever worked. For anyone who’s ever expressed an interest in this field of science, this is an eye-opening read that will stay with you long after you’re done.
In terms of getting down to the nitty griddy, this book leaves out a lot of the hairy details that you might expect to find in a book about the dead. If you are looking for blood, guts, and everything in between, you’ll find little enjoyment in Down Among the Dead Men…but for those who are simply curious about the day to day goings on of a small town mortuary, this is an entertaining read that may or may not leave you thankful for your bland 9-5 office job.
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