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November 6, 1948


JAMA. 1948;138(10):751-752. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100031012

One of the basic principles of the political credo of the United States places on the government responsibility for administration of the law with justice and humanity. Throughout most of the United States, government fails to provide a competent investigative agency for acquiring such medical facts as may be needed to recognize the crime of murder, to apprehend and convict murderers and to protect those unjustly suspected of murder.

One death in every 5 in the United States is either known or suspected to have resulted from violence or has occurred unexpectedly from obscure causes. Each year approximately 300,000 such deaths occur. In this tremendous annual pool of criminal, suspicious and obscure deaths 13,000 murders are officially recognized —1 murder per year for every 10,000 living persons. Over 250,000 persons now alive in the United States will be the victims of homicide. Since such deaths are investigated in most places

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