Originally Posted by Jeanette X
A. What's a Deiner?
B. Why didn't the pathologist want to do these autopsies?
A deiner is pretty much what I described, someone who assists in autopsies and generally does the things a pathologist doesn't like to do. I believe 'deiner' is German for servant, and there are a lot of gross things a pathologist would rather not do during autopsy like milking the guts and picking bugs out of unmentionable areas.
Think of Dr. Frankenstein's Igor...
Actually, at a basic level a deiner washes the bodies, moves people around and preps for autopsies. Sort of like a nurse, I guess.
I studied funeral services right out of highschool and ended up working as a deiner for awhile before moving completely out of the post mordem field of employment.