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January 9, 1954

Coroners in 1953: A Symposium of Legal Bases and Actual Practices

JAMA. 1954;154(2):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940360083036

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In 1941 the National Municipal League, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, and the National Civil Service League jointly published and sponsored a pamphlet entitled "A Model State Medicolegal Investigative System." That study outlined a model law and discussed the experience under a modern system such as exists in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. This new publication surveys the practical day-to-day functioning of existing coroner systems in 36 other states. It bases its contents on the answers to questionnaires sent to state universities, bureaus of governmental research, institutes of public service, individual coroners, individual medical examiners, and tax payers' alliances; the result is a valuable compendium of information about the office of coroner as it is currently administered. Any physician interested in improving the facilities for medicolegal investigations in his state will be rewarded by a study of this

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