The Science Behind the Deaths of Famous and Infamous People

by Harry A. Milman PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/24/2022

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 774
ISBN : 9781669834342
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 774
ISBN : 9781669834335
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 774
ISBN : 9781669834328

About the Book

George Washington, the former first president of the United States, lay in his bed suffering from a high fever, a raw throat, and labored breathing. His three physicians milled around his bed, treating Washington with blisters of cantharides, tartar emetic, and bloodletting, removing nearly 40 percent of his total blood volume and causing excruciating pain. When Washington finally was relieved of his misery and died, the three doctors could not agree what caused his death. Forensics II: The Science Behind the Deaths of Famous and Infamous People reads like a mystery novel, presenting biographical and scientific information that helps readers understand how medical examiners-coroners utilized forensic analysis to determine the causes and manners of death of thirty-six famous and infamous people, including Napoleon Bonaparte, a French military leader and politician; Charles Whitman, the University of Texas tower shooter; Bruce Lee, an actor and martial artist; Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana; Jim Jones, a key figure in the Jonestown massacre; Aretha Franklin, a singer-songwriter; Alexander Litvinenko, a former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service; Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender; and many more. The book is based on a review of publicly available autopsy and toxicology reports, published lay articles, and the scientific literature. Of the deaths reviewed, 39 percent were due to natural causes, 19 percent were accidental, and 6 (17 percent) were suicides. The remaining deaths comprise three cases each of homicide and justifiable homicide by police, one case of court-mandated execution, and three cases in which the manner of death was undetermined.

About the Author

Harry A. Milman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling book Forensics: The Science Behind the Deaths of Famous People, a finalist for Best Non-Fiction, Health and Medicine, in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Dr. Milman has also authored two award-winning novels—A Death at Camp David, winner of 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 for Best Science Fiction Novel in the 2018 Book Talk Radio Club Awards. Dr. Milman is a pharmacologist and toxicologist with over fifty years of experience at the US National Cancer Institute, the US National Institutes of Health, the US Public Health Service, and as president of Dr. Milman assisted in over three hundred and fifty civil, criminal, and high-profile legal cases and has testified at trials and depositions. He has authored over seventy scientific articles and has edited five science books, including the highly acclaimed Handbook of Carcinogen Testing. Dr. Milman is often quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared as a toxicology expert on the History Channel, the Oxygen Channel, television and radio news programs, true-crime television shows, and numerous podcasts.