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18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee and the invention of modern forensics

Author: Bruce Goldfarb; Judy Melinek
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Sourcebooks, 2020.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The fascinating story of the forgotten woman who pioneered forensic science As America ramps up efforts toward victory in World War II, Frances Glessner Lee stands at the front of a wood-paneled classroom within Harvard Medical School and addresses the young men attending her seminar on the developing field of forensic science. A grandmother without a college degree, Lee may appear better suited for a life of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
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Biography
Named Person: Frances Glessner Lee; Frances Glessner Lee
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Goldfarb; Judy Melinek
ISBN: 9781492680482 1492680486
OCLC Number: 1134423969
Description: 1 online resource
Other Titles: Eighteen tiny deaths
Responsibility: Bruce Goldfarb ; introduction by Judy Melinek.

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The fascinating story of the forgotten woman who pioneered forensic science As America ramps up efforts toward victory in World War II, Frances Glessner Lee stands at the front of a wood-paneled classroom within Harvard Medical School and addresses the young men attending her seminar on the developing field of forensic science. A grandmother without a college degree, Lee may appear better suited for a life of knitting than of investigation of unexpected death. Her colleagues and students, however, know her to be an extremely intelligent and exacting researcher and teacher-the perfect candidate, despite her gender, to push the scientific investigation of unexpected death out of the dark confines of centuries-old techniques and into the light of the modern day. Lee's decades-long obsession with advancing the discipline of forensic science was a battle from the very beginning. In a time when many prestigious medical schools were closed to female students and young women were discouraged from entering any kind of scientific profession, Lee used her powerful social skills, family wealth, and uncompromising dedication to revolutionize a field that was usually political, often corrupt, and always deeply rooted in the primal human fear of death. 18 Tiny Deaths transports the reader back in time and tells the story of how one woman, who should never have even been allowed into the classrooms she ended up teaching in, changed the face of science forever.

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