Prof Picks: Dr. Mary Scott

We’re starting a new series of blog posts, Prof Picks, where we will email members of the faculty to ask them what they like to read/watch/play and their choices will be made into a display in the Library! 🙂

This month’s faculty member is Dr. Mary Scott! Here is a list of some of Dr. Scott’s recommended books and movies:

Image result for working stiffWorking Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D., and T.J. Mitchell 
Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

An unvarnished portrait of the daily life of medical examiners—complete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humor—Working Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies—and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

“I would recommend [Working Stiff] for anyone interested in a health science career or forensic science.”

Image result for the emperor of all maladies dvdThe Emperor of All Maladies Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this film tells the story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. It interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us to the brink of lasting cures.






“I recommend anyone concerned with cancer, interested in history of medicine, or going into healthcare (or already in healthcare) watch ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

 Image result for the light between oceansThe Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Dr. Scott also recommends several fictional series: “Harry Potter series, any of Michael Crichton’s work (then go back and look up the real biology and see if it is possible), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, and “Bones” series by Kathy Reichs.” Dr. Scott adds, “If you need a laugh, read the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich. There is at least one part and maybe more that has me laughing until my sides ache.”
To check out some of Dr. Scott’s recommendations, come on over to the Library and see our display in the middle of the floor! If you are a faculty member who would like to be featured in next month’s Prof Picks, shoot me an email at with a list of some of your faves! 🙂
We’ll see you soon! 🙂





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