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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Forensics: The Science Behind the Deaths of Famous People by Harry A. Milman Ph.D. is an unusual book, yet captivating from the first chapter. The author gives an introduction, explaining what brought about the need and interest in forensics, mainly the victims of Jack the Ripper and the famous Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There were key discoveries throughout the years that bring us to the stage where almost every death leaves specific clues as to the cause of death. Some answers are hindered by families’ refusal of certain tests, crime scenes not being fully secured, or even the order in which drugs and alcohol are consumed. But the author’s skill in breaking down the autopsies into terms everyone can understand makes this book mesmerizing. Though some information can be found on the internet, many deaths of famous people have several theories that are written as facts, confusing the truth. Dr. Milman takes the facts and explains them while addressing the myths of conspiracy.
Dr. Harry A. Milman keeps his medical book, Forensics, well organized and interesting. I learned much about the effects drugs have on the body and the pull it has on those whose career is in entertainment. With footnotes, an index, and a glossary of the drugs mentioned, you will find everything well documented and explained. I felt motivated to keep my body in excellent condition as I read about people that are leaders in their craft who abuse and neglect theirs. Overall, the author answers several provoking questions asked by the public. He shows the truth about what drugs and alcohol do to a body and the quality of life. I shared most of what I read with those around me because the author makes it so engrossing.