Past Mortems by Carla Valentine
Life and death behind mortuary doors

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...she exposes her own emotional frailties and fractures – though a decade of living with the dead can hardly have helped. Finally she closes the doors on the mortuary for the last time to take up her new museum role.
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A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent 10 years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk and that day's corpses her task list.

Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years and investigates the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from the dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes.

 

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Published April 20, 2017 by Little Brown.
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Wendy Moore on Apr 13 2017

...she exposes her own emotional frailties and fractures – though a decade of living with the dead can hardly have helped. Finally she closes the doors on the mortuary for the last time to take up her new museum role.

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