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Dr. Noguchi recounts his colorful and stormy career, explains his innovative techniques, and reveals the full story behind his most fascinating investigations, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, William Holden, Natalie Wood, John Belushi, and many more....

Title : Coroner
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ISBN : 9780671467722
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Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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Coroner Reviews

  • Gwendalyn Mae Skipper
    2019-04-24 23:44

    Was a bit disappointing, too much of the book is spent defending his past troubles with superiors.I felt the famous cases he dealt with were not covered enough and was left feeling shortchanged

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-18 02:39

    An intriguing educational read into the practices and growth of forensic scienceAnyone familiar with the deaths of such Hollywood notables as Natalie Wood, William Holden, Sharon Tate, Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, , and the late Senator Robert Kennedy has probably already heard of Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles Medical Examiners office. This book is his remembrances of the deaths he investigated and the science of forensic medicine whose growth he has fostered and encouraged. The bulk of the information he imparts come from his official files on each case.He begins his book with his life in Japan during World War II, and continues with his immigration to the United States, his years of toil in medical school and the following years of internship and residency. The Thomas Noguchi, who emerges from his account, is a patient thorough investigator whose reliance on science has advanced the field of forensic science tremendously and helped foster the respect that people have for a medical examiner's opinion. Relating some of his more famous cases which people are familiar with, he details the step by step investigation into the deaths of people who are now legends in America's social fabric. Showing that Marilyn Monroe did commit suicide, that Natalie Wood fought to save her own life up to the point that hypothermia rendered her unconscious, to the fact that Robert Kennedy's assassination was done by more than Sirhan Sirhan and the basis for that opinion, he outlines the detailed investigation into those deaths, the results found, and the scientific basis for their interpretation, Noguchi builds each case skillfully and believably that supports the medical examiner's office final conclusion even when it runs contrary to the public reports issued by the attorney general's office. Noguchi also discusses his career problems with surprising candor and self examination, still harking back to the science that is at the center of every investigation undertaken by him and his office.This book is amazingly easy to read,riveting in its subject matter, and well founded on logic and science. Read this book. You will discover the many amazing mysteries that forensic science can now resolve and the promise of a richer future this branch of science holds. You will also learn of a man totally devoted to his job, his sense of responsibility and accountability to the public at large to share findings that especially could prevent future deaths, and the pride of a man who has done work that is not only well done but unparalleled in the medical field despite the obstacles thrown in his way. This is probably the best non-fiction book I have read in years and I look forward to reading Book 2 of his series.

  • Robert Fila
    2019-05-10 01:22

    Self. JustificationThe book spends more time, and space, justifying than it does explaining. It doesn't explore outside pressures brought to bear upon finding the cause of death. For example, the book acknowledges more shots fired at RFK than Sirhan's gun could hold but still found him the assassin. Be it the press, the government, the family, or whoever, there was pressure but it goes unmentioned in case after case. Instead we are given Mr. Noguchi time and again overcoming his superiors wishes to remove him from office even though he is so magnificent in his job. If you ruffled feathers because you did a great job, and now they want to get rid of you, that is the story I want to see domestically examined.

  • Rob
    2019-05-19 19:35

    there's some genuinely interesting stuff in here, but it's unfortunately offset by a lot of tedious self-promotion and boring, self-important minutiae about what professional conference this guy attended when, and what kind of ventilation system (i'm not joking here) the LA county morgue had installed in 1972. worth a look, though. a brief and cursory one. just skip over the stuff where he's talking about himself - which is about half the book.

  • Ingrid Stephens
    2019-05-02 22:16

    Interesting from a scientific viewI did enjoy this book even though there was no real new evidence to any of the famous deaths listed. I chose and read it simply because I admire Dr. Noguchi and plan to use what scientific knowledge, explained in plain layman's English , in my own future writings.

  • Mark Noonan
    2019-05-10 19:33

    Not a book I read from cover to cover. Picked it up and read segments here and there. Eventually I finished all of them, but in no chronological order. It gives you insight on some information about these Hollywood deaths that you may have not heard before.

  • Julia Dawn Mason
    2019-05-16 21:26

    Interesting read. I could not stop reading till I finished it.Reading books about medical and scientific evidence for clearing a person of a crime always grabs my interest. I found out the truth about several cases in the book.

  • Diane Zwang
    2019-05-09 22:16

    Having just finished a fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe, I came across this book which included the coroner's report for Marilyn's death. I thought it would be interesting to read and it was. The author is the coroner who performed her autopsy. He gives he recount of the 1962 event and the update in 1982. LA District Attorney's Office had reopened the case of Marilyn Monroe's death. Most of the "theories" were debunked but additional questions remained. I found it fascinating. Natalie Wood's death is also reviewed in this book. Given that her death is once again in the papers I think I will read that one also.

  • Kristi Payne
    2019-05-16 19:21

    Thomas Noguchi is his own fan club. That's what this book taught me.

  • Ruth Coleman
    2019-05-18 21:28

    I really enjoyed this book. Dr. Noguchi was the medical examiner for many celebrity deaths in Los Angeles. I never knew the particulars, but now I have it "from the horse's mouth."

  • Stephanie Borders
    2019-05-12 20:34

    3.5 stars

  • Carol Wilde
    2019-04-24 23:19

    Interesting reading, I felt it could have been a bit more in-depth on the cases, I would recommend this book. Good read.

  • Allyson Dyar
    2019-05-04 00:26

    The problem with e-books is that it is so easy to forget to write the review.After all, when I complete a hard or soft cover book, I can stack and shuffle the books for review on my desk. They become a constant reminder that I have a few reviews to get to (in fact, there are two hardcovers sitting on my desk, ready for me to write them up). E-books, on the other hand, sit in my Kindle app, and once I am done reading it, I put it back in the cloud, easily forgotten if I don’t get to the review immediately.Anyway, I read this book in January and totally forgot about it until I had posted my latest review and realized by reading the previously published review that I had planned to review Coroner next.Oops.So here I am, many months later, finally putting thoughts to e-paper.Other than New York City, Los Angeles county probably deals with some of the most high-profile cases and Dr Noguchi deal with some of the most notorious. From the death of Marilyn Monroe to the assassination of Robert F Kennedy to the Tate-LaBionca murders, Dr Noguchi, he certainly saw the worst of humanity during his tenure.Dr Noguchi discusses his more famous cases in as much details as he can as well as some lesser-known deaths. He also details his early life living in Japan. While I usually find these background forays to be of little interest, he does tie in his early years with what made him tick as Chief Medical Examiner.This is a well-written and fascinating book of both forensics as well as a bit of the politics of the office tossed in for good measure. I found this a really easy lunch-time read.The e-book was well designed and I didn’t recall having anything causing me to shake my first and cuss out the publisher’s name.I give this book a solid 4/5 stars.Eventually, I’ll review Coroner at Large, but I’m in no hurry. I have a number of other books begging for my attention.

  • Mary
    2019-04-30 03:24

    In Thomas T. Noguchi's memoir, Coroner, the former Chief Medical Examiner of Los Angeles County and the "coroner to the stars", reveals the full evidence behind the headline-making deaths of Robert F. Kennedy, Janis Joplin, Sharon Tate, Marilyn Monroe and others - the shocking and surprising facts can now be released in this stunning memoir.I had wanted to read this book ever since reading the sequel back in September and was excited when I received this book in the mail last week. It was very interesting reading certainly, but I'm glad to have finished it when I did - I think that it was just a tad too long for me. Definitely not boring at all, just longer and a little more involved than I had expected the book would be when I first started it. I would certainly recommend Coroner to anyone who likes to read about true crime and give this book an A!

  • Kathy (ebookkat)
    2019-04-28 20:42

    "Coroner" is a book written in the 1980's by Thomas T. Noguchi, M.D. with professional author Joseph DiMona. Dr. Noguchi is a former Chief Medical Officer of Los Angeles County. He conducted the forensic investigations for many famous celebrity deaths. Some of the celebrity deaths discussed are Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, William Holden, and John Belushi. Because he dealt with high-profile cases, his work was often scrutinized by both professionals and non-professionals. I found the story of his controversial career, the creative techniques he used to determine the cause of death (suicide, murder, accidental), and the behind-the-scenes information about the cases he worked on to be very interesting and informative. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about celebrity deaths or forensic investigations.

  • Lesly Yossie
    2019-05-12 03:38

    Un libro más que pude leer gracias a la biblioteca de Hanna Bonilla :) creo que le tome mucho aprecio al Dr.Noguchi que en mi opinión siempre en todos sus casos hizo un trabajo espectacular y dió lo mejor fe si. Me causó un sentimiento de wow cuando menciona en los pequeños casos sus corazonadas acertadas para descubrir cómo murieron las víctimas aunque no siempre encontraron al criminal. Si te interesa saber cómo murieron celebridades como Monroe, Natalie Wood, Robert Kennedy o simplemente te interesa la criminología te lo recomiendo.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-24 23:31

    I found the investigative component of a coroner's job the most to study a room in which a body was found, how the body itself at first glance can give you some answers, or alert you to something out of the ordinary. It answered a few questions I had about a couple cases, simply because I was too young to know or care about them at the time. I could've enjoyed the book more if he had focused on more cases and not devoted such a large section to recounting his own professional trials where his job was concerned. Interesting read tho!

  • Jordi Via
    2019-05-15 19:21

    "El ego de Noguchi, su único defecto"Este fue el título de un artículo del Times escrito por la periodista Laurie Beckland.No puedo estar más de acuerdo con ella después de leer este libro que pretende aportar datos interesantes (y aporta muchos, sea dicho de paso) sobre las muertes de famosos, pero que en realidad se centra demasiado en la vida del autor, Thomas T. Noguchi, y pasa de puntillas sobre aspectos que serían más atractivos que los que nos cuenta.

  • Susan
    2019-04-27 02:23

    Written by a well known coroner, Thomas Noguchi not only talks about the famous he has autopsied, but he discusses his personal and professional reasons for some of his reports. While there isn't a ton of new information, he does clarify his position. Definite glimmer that CSI television programs has a lot of flash and doesn't come near to telling the real story of a forensic coroner. A good read for students who think they would like to work in this field.

  • Mary Ellen Grayberg
    2019-05-16 20:32

    Not very informativeImpression from the description was that there would be more information on the celebrity deaths , instead it seems to be a retrospective of Dr. Noguchi's issues as a coroner. Mildly interesting . He didn't answer what happened really happened to Natalie Wood . The rest of the cases are pretty well-known but having related to him and his problems is what the book is really about .

  • Kevin Muir
    2019-05-10 22:35

    Could have gone deeperVery well written book, that could have dug deeper into the details of the findings. Seems each story was heavy on a beginning and an end, but lacked substance in the middle. For some that can be a turn off when reading, for me, I just chalk it up to my personal preference when reading a book. I didn't really seem to care that this particular book was written this way, as I enjoy police and everyday people type books.

  • Jennifer Giles Hinojosa
    2019-05-20 00:30

    I found this book to be average. The author spends a lot of the book talking about his personal work issues and his stories about death are pretty short. it would have been a better read for me if there had been more detail into the deaths and how he came to his conclusions. Aside from some interesting tidbits the book was a little boring.

  • Sflauchle
    2019-05-17 01:30

    Read this book when I was 13 - lent to me by my uncle a neurosurgeon. I honestly believe it was a part of my excitement about science and medicine.I am too afraid to be CSI/detective/coroner type - think this book even gave me a few nightmaresI have often looked for this book to share with others and it has been challenging to find.

  • Janet C.
    2019-04-25 19:15

    I was surprised at some of the information in this book by Thomas T. Noguchi. I am old enough to remember all the individuals in the book and there seemed to be more details than the news media reported. Very interesting and worth my time to read.

  • Edie
    2019-05-09 22:27

    Written in 1983 and no where in the book will you see any use of DNA because they didn't have that amazing tool in their arsenal. Young people today might wonder how answers could arrive without it! Very interesting read....

  • Amethyst Shadow
    2019-04-27 00:42

    Thomas Noguchi was the coroner who did autopsies on some of Hollywood's finest, including Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. He documents such cases in this book. It is an interesting read should you desire to know more about the deaths of famous people.

  • Kiri
    2019-04-26 19:44

    I registered a book at!

  • Alan
    2019-05-01 00:28

    Before CSI and Bones, there was ...

  • Shawna
    2019-05-21 20:19

    Very interesting book. A look into REAl forensics and the procedures used in crimes. Some of the stories are pretty brutal though, but still a hooking read.

  • Chris
    2019-05-08 21:42

    Great read long before the days of CSI !