HOUTS, MARSHALL. Where Death Delights: The Story of Dr. Milton Helpern and Forensic Medicine. CowardMcCann, Inc. (1967). 317 pp., name on endppr., o/w v.g.+/v.g. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Where Death Delights: The Story of Dr. ...
Publication Date: 1967
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Coward-McCann, New York, 1967. hardcover. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92512559
Book Description Gollancz, 1968. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. The story of Dr. Milton H. Helpern who was, for many years, Chief Medical Examiner to the City of New York; and is, ipso facto, the story of 'modern' forensic medicine. He performed or supervised approximately 60,000 autopsies, 10,000 of these involving gunshot wounds in the body, and in the previous 35yrs appeared in courtrooms as a medical witness over 3,000 times. The author opens the book with a very long chapter on the Kennedy assassination. "The tragic thing," Helpern said, "is that a relatively simple case was horribly botched up from the very beginning; and then the errors were compounded at almost every step along the way." The first and gravest error, in his view, was that the doctors called upon to perform the autopsy, accomplished though they were in their respective fields of general pathology, were quite inexperienced in the special sphere of bullet wounds, and made many elementary mistakes in evaluating the evidence. In particular, they didn't know enough to be able to determine a wound of entry from a wound of exit, a basic requirement and sometimes - as in this instance - a tricky problem. Helpern is highly critical of many of the arguments about the medical evidence that were put forward in the Warren Report, and he is equally critical of many of the arguments advanced by critics of the Report. Some of the problems posed by some of Dr. Helpern's actual cases are fully described in succeeding chapters, including the terrible 1962 air crash in which a Boeing 707 crashed into New York harbour immediately after take-off, and killing all 95 people on board; a curious case of sex change; a Runyonesque tale of a gang of hopelessly incompetent murderers, whose would-be victim survived everything from anti-freeze in his whiskey to overnight exposure in the snow; the "American Way of Death" and the unfortunate effects of embalming for forensic medicine + much more. With Afterword + Appendix. 317pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Vg+ in sl. sunned Vg+ dw. Bookseller Inventory # 16208
Book Description NY.Coward-Mccann,inc.1967.first edition., 1967. cloth.thick 8vo.illustrated.317 pages.very good copy.rubbed and used dust Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 101804 1
Book Description Coward-McCann. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Good: Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2633677011