Unnatural Causes by Richard  Shepherd

Unnatural Causes

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak ... As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead.When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solv...


Details Unnatural Causes

TitleUnnatural Causes
ISBN9780718182717
Author
Release DateSep 20th, 2018
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Science, Medical, Autobiography, Memoir, Health, Medicine, Mystery
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  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    Dr Richard Shepherd writes a fascinating and riveting blend of autobiography and memoir about his time as a top forensic pathologist in Britain. He has been involved in too many to count headlining criminal cases, disasters, and terrorist incidents in recent British history. He has carried out almost 25,000 post mortems, a head spinning number, in his search to determine the truth of how a person died. The nature of truth itself is a complex and ...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this on Netgalley, I was intrigued. I was already reading a book on the concept of death and what comes after for bodies (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) so I was fascinated to read about the work of a pathologist in a world that still feels very inaccessible to the general public. The book encompasses many famous cases that Richard Shepherd has been directly ...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    There's something indescribably fascinating about what comes after death. And I don't mean the whole heaven/hell scenario, but what happens during the inevitable breakdown of our bodies, the processed falling apart of that place we inhabit before some event, some failure, or some person takes it from us. As a forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has dealt with death of all types, from everyday, natural passing to murder sprees like that at H...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    Usually with non fiction I read in dribs and drabs around my other reads – not so with “Unnatural Causes” which I read from cover to cover whilst barely drawing breath.A fascinating man and a fascinating life – Dr Richard Shepherd tells it how it is and his involvement in so many high profile cases makes this a hugely compelling look behind the scenes, beyond all those news stories and into the true realities. From Hungerford to 9/11 his ...
  • Tariq Mahmood
    1970-01-01
    Very interesting read about a subject I knew little about. The book is an autobiography the author, his love for extracting the truth from dead bodies. I thought he did a commendable job in presenting his excitement across to the reader. I got to know details of the postmortem, and all the mysteries a dead body hides.The book reads like a glorified diary with the author's personal life's story juxtaposed with his career.
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    1970-01-01
    My View:For a pathologist this author makes a wonderful wordsmith! This is an intriguing narrative, a creative memoir that discusses the changes in society and attitudes to policing, medicine and science in an easy to read format that is engaging and illuminating. The discussion around autopsies, mass shootings/acts of terror and suspicious deaths are handled sensitively and considerately, the writer’s humanness shines through these sections of...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    1970-01-01
    I love a good medical memoir, so when I spotted Unnatural Causes I was definitely interested to read it. Richard Shepherd is a forensic pathologist who has dealt with some of the UK's biggest tragedies and this is his story. At times it is a difficult read due to the fact that it deals with "mans inhumanity to man" as he says himself, and it is not nice to read about. His own personal journey and emotions were well written, and it is definitely a...
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This proved to be a fascinating account of the career and personal life of one of the country's foremost forensic pathologists, a gentleman who comes across as genuinely caring about the people he's working for - not just the dead themselves, but their families and wider society. Equally clear is that he cares about the noble principles of truth, justice and integrity, even in the face of incredibly challenging circumstance...
  • Nigel
    1970-01-01
    In brief - This covers some fascinating cases and provides much information about the subject area. However I was never really gripped by it. 3 or maybe 3.5/5 and full review nearer publication
  • Sara Marsden
    1970-01-01
    I devoured this book in a few hours, something I’ve not managed to do for a while now.I love reading about forensic science and this is perhaps the best of the nonfiction books I’ve read on the subject. Shepherd’s enthusiasm for his work and his respect for the people he worked on just shines through the pages. It’s incredible that someone who has such an emotionally taxing job that involves having to become quite resilient and hardened t...
  • Ashleigh
    1970-01-01
    Unnatural Causes is the memoir of one of Britain's top forensic pathologists, Dr Richard Shepherd. This memoir chronicles Dr Shepherd's prolific career, as well as his personal life and how certain milestones helped and hindered his career.I'm a huge true crime fan and I especially love reading books by people who work in forensics or crime investigation. This book was a delight to read! When I say Dr Shepherd is a prolific forensic pathologist,...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    From the victims of terrorist attacks, murders, serial killers, car accidents and seemingly straightforward natural deaths, one of the U.K’s top pathologists examines the cases that have defined his varied and fascinating career. I loved it and and couldn’t put this book down. The author documents in his book some of the most high profile unusual, controversial or unexpected deaths that have occurred either on home ground or abroad. He offere...
  • Ruthy lavin
    1970-01-01
    A fantastic, one sitting read, bringing enlightening insight into the fascinating life of Dr Richard Shepherd, eminent Forensic pathologist. He has worked on more than 230,000 autopsies, which is incredible in its own right, over a career spanning 40 years. Some of his cases are extremely high profile - Princess Diana being one of them. Written honestly and openly, this book is a revelation.
  • Jo
    1970-01-01
    Shepherd is one of the UK's top forensic pathologists; this is his story. He has worked on many high profile cases from serial killers to terrorist attacks to mass murders. This was fascinating and an absorbing read.
  • Flapper72
    1970-01-01
    Amazing book. Obviously kindle recommends have got me sussed! Another book I downloaded after a recommendation from amazon and a cheap deal. I always then admit that I'm a medic and wonder if that might make me see some of these books differently but I think that this really would be a great read for everyone. A forensic pathologist who has been involved in so many high profile cases during his career it really is quite astounding. Hungerford, St...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This is such an interesting book; it's right up my street as it sort of combines elements of 'true crime' with medicine and gives me, as the reader, an insight into how forensic pathology works - these combined together makes a truly intriguing read!Richard Shepherd writes in quite a factual way, so if you're a fan of dramatic retellings then you're probably better looking elsewhere. I am glad of this; it lends...
  • Gayle Noble
    1970-01-01
    Dr Richard Shepherd has had a long and distinguished career in forensic pathology, and has worked on some of the UK's most famous cases including the notorious Harold Shipman, a doctor who killed many, perhaps hundreds of his patients. Dr Shepherd has also worked on the fallout from some of the worst terrorist attacks and disasters of the last thirty years.I've always had an interest in forensic science and pathology is definitely one area that f...
  • Andi
    1970-01-01
    Brilliant! I feel as though I have learnt so much about death and how our bodies die. Also how the system works when someone has had a tragic death. I watch and read lots of crime dramas but this book describes it at the coal face! Absolutely mesmerising stuff! Thank you for your care and expertise Dr. Shepherd but please don’t take this the wrong way but I don’t want to meet one of your colleagues 😉.
  • Helen Costello
    1970-01-01
    I'm well known for my love of books on a medical theme so this one was always going to be up my street. With some autobiographies they can be a bit dry though but I needn't have worried about this one. Its incredible how many well known disasters Richard Shepherd has been involved in but for each post mortem he always treats each of the deceased with respect. For all my love of medical procedures (reading about them, not having them!) I can still...
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    An outstanding book that has you gripped from the first page to the last. Not for everyone - there are some scenes that some may describe as gruesome - but the care and dedication that Shepherd puts into his work from day 1 is incomparable. A must-read for anyone with any remote interest in the medical, pathology, or forensics field.
  • Kolumbina
    1970-01-01
    A really good book!!!
  • Grace
    1970-01-01
    A fascinating read by an inspiring author. Dr Shepherd had worked on many cases included 9/11, the Hungerford massacre and the sinking of the Marchioness, Harold Shipman cases and the terrorist attack in Bali. He has had an incredible career which has taken him all over the globe. I certainly couldn't do his job but the fact he still has the same passion for it as when we first started out is amazing and admirable. 5 out of 5 stars doesn't seem e...
  • Noel Powell
    1970-01-01
    I sort of came upon this book by accident. I had recently read the very funny "This is going to hurt" by Adam Kay about the life of a junior gynacoligist. I thought that I had enjoyed the jolly japes so much that I would read another medical autobiography. However this time the fun would be centred around cadavers not lady parts. Boy was I in for a surprise. No farcical comedy here. It is a very serious book. Nonetheless I found myself being draw...
  • Danielle
    1970-01-01
    Unnatural Causes is an autobiography, memoir of Britain’s top forensic pathologist.It’s never an area that I have thought much about but it is truly incredible. To be able to identify from a dead body, the exact cause of death is fascinating.The cases that Dr Shepherd writes about include high profile cases such as Lady Diana, serial killers and mass murderers, terrorist and natural disasters. It was interesting to read how pathology had chan...
  • Dorothyredboots
    1970-01-01
    Audiobook, well read by the author. I thought this was fascinating. I didn't know an awful lot about the work of forensic pathologists and it would have been interesting simply to explore that topic. The fact that Dr Shepherd was involved in some very high profile cases, and some major disasters (natural and man-made) added another dimension to his story. It is easy to see how his chosen career took a toll on him mentally and it came across how m...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed Unnatural Causes. While it obviously provides a lot of detail on the life of a Home Office forensic pathologist, the most striking thing for me was how the profession has changed over time. Dr Shepherd has the unique perspective as a long serving member of the pathology community to describe the introduction of DNA analysis and the impacts it had on criminal investigations, and how this impacted field work by both police and ...
  • Ana
    1970-01-01
    This had sooo much potential.One of the top forensic pathologists, personally involved in some of the most famous forensic cases in Britain of the last 30 years. Surely a memoir by him would be chock-a-block full of interesting info on pathology and autopsies and forensic science?Nope.Instead we get a whole lot about his disintegrating first marriage - spoiler alert - and a lot about the admin involved in being a pathologist. yay.There are cases ...
  • Louise
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThe whole new wave of medical memoirs is an interesting one,and I'm happy to read them when they come my way.There were some moments in this where I actually winced,but I don't think the author has gone overboard in his grusome explanations.In fact I feel I know a bit more about autopsies than I did before.The main reason I found this book so interesting,was it dealt with a lot of cases in the media I remember... so reading the other sid...
  • Didde Elnif
    1970-01-01
    If you're interested in forensics, this is the book. It's a close discussion of cases through the latest 40 years of british crime history. Where Dame Sue Blacks book is about life and death and forensics, this is a much closer look at cases. If I'd known more of the cases (as I would have with a Danish equivalent), I would without a doubt have had an easier time telling them apart, but at one point it felled a bit like enumeration of cases. Over...