Tuesday, January 7, 2020

18 Tiny Deaths Book Launch on February 5 at MedChi

18 Tiny Deaths:
The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

MedChi and the Center for a Healthy Maryland are proud to host the launch for 18 Tiny Deaths on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in MedChi's historic Osler Hall at 1211 Cathedral Street. Author Bruce Goldfarb of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has lectured at MedChi several times, both about the OCME and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, which are housed at the OCME's offices in Baltimore.

Bruce is the leading expert on the Nutshells, and worked closely with the Smithsonian Institute which restored these 80-year old dioramas two years ago. In his eight years at the OCME, Bruce has had the opportunity to examine the Nutshells in minute detail, and understand their importance. He's written this book discussing each of the 18 known murder studies to great acclaim:

"A culmination of years of historical research using primary sources, including the papers of Frances Glessner Lee herself. It is the story of how one stubborn, intelligent, creative, and self-taught woman could immerse herself in a passion that had immense repercussions in the fields of both medicine and the law... As this absorbing and evocative book will show you, Frances Glessner Lee should be recognized as the matriarch of the modern practice of forensic pathology." - Judy Melinek, M.D., co-author of Working Stiff

MedChi and the OCME have a long history: In 1939, MedChi petitioned the Maryland General Assembly to abolish the county coroner system and establish a state-wide medical examiners' office, the first in the nation.

Greedy Reads, an independent bookstore in Remington and Fells Point, will be selling copies of "18 Tiny Deaths" and Bruce will be available to sign them at the event.
Reservations are required for this event, and space is limited.
Please RSVP to events at medchi dot org before February 2, 2020.
Parking, inclement weather plans, and other information will be shared as we move closer to the date.
For questions, please email 
events at medchi dot org.

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