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July 20, 1895

MAY A PHYSICIAN PREPARE HIS OWN DEATH CERTIFICATE?

JAMA. 1895;XXV(3):120. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430290038006

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Abstract

The above question is propounded and answered by the editor of the Medical Press and Circular, June 12, although the phraseology of the question is somewhat different. His question reads: "Can a Medical Man sign his own Certificate of Death?" The following is his answer:

"This question seems a somewhat paradoxical one, but everything depends upon when this particular duty is discharged. The impossibility of the act could not be disputed should the medical man have joined the great majority; on the other hand, while life remains, it would not be a difficult matter for him to fill in and sign the familiar document, and record the means by which he expected to die. A case of this description is said to have actually occurred a short time ago. In an Italian town the death took place of the communal medical officer, one of whose duties consisted in visiting the

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