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I have them both and liked them as well. I have TONS of books like these. Some of the best are Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Written In Bones and Death's Acre. I'd have to go downstairs to get the authors and I'm not up to that right now. They aren't as amusing as mary Roaches but very informative and tell you just how much people care about discovering the truth behind a murder or death in general.
Another interesting book on medical stuff was-well I don't exactly remember the title. Like Honey, Mud, Maggots, maybe. Well, it went in depth on some traditional healing methods, like honey or sugar as antibacterial, whether dog's licking wounds could be helpful, leeches of course, maggots, saunas or hot baths... It was interesting.
Honey, mud, maggots, and other medical marvels : the science behind folk remedies and old wives' tales
Root-Bernstein, Robert Scott.
Voila! the power of the interenet. The listing from my library. I can't beleive my brain retained that and loses lots of more relvant things...
Sounds like you and I could talk weird gross stuff all day, kwanjin!
Sure thing, Sally! DH gets grossed out when I watch the autopsy shows on TV during dinner. There's no one I know around here that is as fascinated by this stuff as I am. And my brain retains the funniest things, too, so don't feel like the only one! LOL
Oh, I love Mary Roach's writing! She writes with respect, but is also funny enough she makes me laugh aloud as I'm reading. She's great. I'll have to check out the others you've mentioned in this thread; forensics is something which interests me.
This is funny because I was just thinking about this thread this morning. I just received a book in the mail. Forensic Detective by Robert Mann. He workd on identifying some of the young men in the Dahmer case.
Re Dahmer- I was at the library once , in fiction, just browsing, picked out a book by Joyce Carol Oates. Thought' isn't she well known? this oughta be good" Well. it was a fictional first person account by a Dahmer type person. Skillful in that she could write like that but horrible, gruesome details.
gee jlp222- that's a nice offer. I ofund the 'body farm' part of Stiff fascinating, had read some of that forensic stuff in fiction (Sue Grafton maybe?) . But I would want to return the favor some way, but how?
Can't wait to read Bonk, but with kids in the house...have to disguise it I guess!
She's got a new one!!!! Packing for mars: (the curious science of life in space (or something like that)) its as funny or more than Spook and Stiff. and informative.
(thanks to my sister for the Xmas gift!)
I loved Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex had me transfixed. She's terrificly funny with a scientist's curious mind. Love her!