PAST MORTEMS: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors

PAST MORTEMS: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors

CARLA VALENTINE    Book Number: 92476    Product format: Paperback

Curator, pathology technician and 'death professional', Carla Valentine investigates stories of her ten years near a mortuary slab as well as investigating the body alongside our attitudes towards death. Part memoir and part manifesto, she lifts the lid on daily life at the mortuary and succeeds in presenting her trade as a caring one. She sheds light on what the living can learn from the dead, and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. The mistress of death and high queen of the specimen jar tells, in her own words: 'Exactly what happen when the mortuary door swings shut or the lid of the coffin closes.' After studying forensics, Carla assisted pathologists with post-mortems for years, before eventually becoming the Technical Curator of the world's most famous pathology museum. Skip the five stages of decomposition if you are at all squeamish and enjoy a lot of innocent fun by reading some of the more extreme passages aloud! Clearly passionate about her work and calling, the second half of the book describes the stresses of the work for example being on the 7/17 in London and how it began to take its toll on the author?s mental health. 287pp, paperback.
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