Working Stiff

Judy Melinek, MD, takes a scalpel to the field of forensic pathology and more

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Perverse Economies: Who Is Worth Saving?

It's often cheaper to let people die

January 5, 2023
A computer rendering of a businessman with a face made of dollar bills.
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COVID Finally Got Us in New Zealand

A look at parenting and pathology as the pandemic drags on

August 22, 2022
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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Antivax Protests

Judy Melinek, MD, on COVID-19, disinformation, and the "new normal"

March 18, 2022
Demonstrators hold signs at the Defeat the Mandates Rally in Washington D.C.
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Bad Falls and Bad Calls: Speculation on Bob Saget's Death

Second-guessing the forensic pathologist was bad science and lazy journalism

February 23, 2022
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Pay-Per-View Autopsy: Sideshow or Science?

Dissecting the history and ethics of public autopsy

January 11, 2022
A photo of an autopsy being performed in front of a live audience
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We Now Know Gabby Petito's Cause of Death

Coroner gives update

October 15, 2021
A photo of Gabrielle Petito in front of a painted mural of colorful wings.
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We Know the Manner of Gabby Petito's Death. But What's the Cause?

All we have at this stage is public speculation

September 30, 2021
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Cognitive Bias Is Influencing Forensic Pathology Decisions

Here are ideas for how to minimize it

September 24, 2021
Light coming from a bedroom with the door ajar.
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Surfside Collapse: Beyond the Immediate Aftermath

A forensic pathologist's perspective on "the last responders"

July 8, 2021
A cadaver in a body bag inside the medical examiners office.
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Q&A: Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Suicides in Healthcare Workers?

Judy Melinek chats with Tyler Black about risk factors, and the importance of means reduction

July 1, 2021
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Op-Ed: Forensic Pathology's Dirty Secret

Why do we eat our own?

May 19, 2021
A computer rendering of a cadaver on a refrigerator drawer
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Op-Ed: A Meditation on Grief

Life goes on, but death is final and the pain will never go away

April 12, 2021
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Op-Ed: Criminal Confessions, Forensic Bias

No one is immune to prejudice

March 3, 2021
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Op-Ed: Toxic Work Environment? Here's How to Cope -- or Escape

Following #FreeFauci this week, I know exactly how the man felt

January 27, 2021
A frustrated and tired looking young female doctor rests her head against the wall in an empty hospital hallway
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