The Science Behind the Deaths of Famous People

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
386 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2021
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Author Biography

Harry A. Milman, PhD, is a consulting pharmacologist, toxicologist, and expert witness with over forty years of experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Health, and the US Public Health Service. Dr. Milman assisted in over three hundred civil, criminal, and high-profile legal cases and has testified at trials and depositions. He authored over seventy scientific articles and has edited five science books, including the highly acclaimed Handbook of Carcinogen Testing. Often quoted in newspapers and magazines, Dr. Milman appeared as a toxicology expert on the History Channel, the Oxygen Channel, TV and radio news programs, and in true-crime television shows. Dr. Milman is the author of two novels—A Death at Camp David, winner of the Best Mystery Novel in the 2018 Book Talk Radio Club Awards, and SOYUZ: The Final Flight, a finalist for Best Second Novel in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel in the 2018 Book Talk Radio Club Awards.

    Book Review

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.