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By John Chipman

ISBN-10: 0385680848

ISBN-13: 9780385680844

In this nationwide bestseller, a piece of lively reporting, deep compassion and unerring integrity, award-winning journalist and documentarian John Chipman investigates the lives left ruined within the wake of Dr. Charles Smith's ignominious career.

In the mid-'90s, the Ontario Coroner's workplace made up our minds that dying research groups had to "think dirty." They sought after coroners, pathologists and police to be extra suspicious--to "assume that every one deaths are homicides till happy that they're not." They have been quite thinking about pediatric deaths, which traditionally have been awfully tough to enquire. there have been often no witnesses; no proof to assemble on the scene; no outward symptoms of trauma at the physique. If the pathologist didn't observe the reality of what had occurred, baby abuse might move exposed.
     between these charged to "think soiled" was once Dr. Charles Smith, Ontario's best pediatric forensic pathologist on the time. yet with almost no education in forensics, Dr. Smith used to be in poor health ready for his paintings. rather than basing his judgments on forensic facts came across in the course of autopsies, he allowed himself to be swayed via circumstantial proof. The defendants have been frequently unmarried mothers--some on welfare, a few suffering from substance abuse. they usually made for simple objectives. Dr. Smith made risky assumptions, and the implications have been catastrophic. a variety of members have been reported to blame, and incarcerated, on his shaky evidence.
     This penetrating investigative paintings explores the broad ripples of destruction brought on whilst the justice process fails, the load felt through moral participants operating inside that procedure and the significance of its sufferers ultimately being heard.

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