Author: Dr. Richard Shepherd
Title: Unnatural Causes
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Genre – Non Fiction /Medical Science
Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd.
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I haven’t read a Non-Fiction medical science book written by a professional before so I didn’t know what to expect. But this blew my mind in many ways. I am heavily ( maybe a little to much) into anything that is a crime, forensic, psychology and anatomy and what hides behind it all.
Although this was not completely based on just the facts of his career as a forensic pathologist, I still personally enjoyed looking into his personal and family life and how it affected him. And how Later on in his life, it began to affect his mental health and he was diagnosed with PTSD. He shared how it started, him getting help and also how writing this book has helped him towards recovery. ( I can sympathise with this as I use my reading and writing as a coping mechanism from my own battle with mental health and chronic pain).
I understand that we all mainly want to hear just the cold hard detailed facts and the ins and outs of just the forensics etc in his career but we forget about the humans who are carrying out these jobs.
He has a wonderful way with words and he wrote this book respectfully, truthfully with compassion and empathy for all those involved including changing some of the names etc.
He has worked/consulted on many many high profile cases including Princess Diana’s death, baby deaths, serial killers, murders etc. He also specialises in deaths using knives.
I have learnt so much from this book and also how pathology has changed over the decades. How much politics and money comes into it as well.
In closing I absolutely loved this book, it was a well written interesting book and I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in forensic pathology.
Reading Through The Pain