March 3, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(9):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420880033007

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The death of John Markey a few days ago in Chicago from a fractured skull, he having been run into by a street car, and booked for drunkenness by the police, is another evidence of the stupidity of the average policeman, and the careless disregard for life that obtains in this country among police officers. An inquest was held. "The intelligent coroner's jury heard the testimony of the intelligent officers, and rendered the intelligent verdict that the death was the result of acute alcoholism." His wife was not satisfied, as she knew her husband was not a drinking man, and she induced the coroner to have a postmortem made, when it was found that his skull was fractured. A second inquest was held, which resulted in a verdict in accordance with the facts.

A man is found in the streets unconscious, no matter whether it is due to apoplexy, fracture

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