Fifteen Thousand Pieces

A Medical Examiner's Journey Through Disaster

Dr. John Butt drags a suitcase out of the walk-in closet and throws it open on the bed. He moves back and forth between his clothes and the bag — a repetitive motion to occupy the overwhelming thoughts while his brain works to uncover the logical next steps. I should be back in a day or three, he thinks, trying to compile a mental list of what one needs when heading off to deal with an international disaster.