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Merkeley has written a small but informative book for police officers. It is not tedious reading, being written for the most part in terms easily understood by anyone not having had extensive technical training. The police officer is told what role he plays in the investigation of death and what his responsibilities are. The functions of other members of the investigating team are well delineated. The author is careful not to try to make a pathologist, immunologist, or toxicologist out of a police officer but is definite in showing how the police officer can be of help to these agents and how they may help him. While the book will be of special value to police officers, it can be read with profit by coroners and physicians, particularly those who may be called on by a coroner to aid in the investigation of a death. A summary is appended to
The Investigation of Death. JAMA. 1957;164(12):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980120116025