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Another and very serious attempt is being made in the New York Legislature to secure the abolition of the office of coroner, by a bill that will create a system of medical examination that will in large measure be divorced from politics. The medical examiners will be bona fide medico-legal officers, since they are to be appointed by the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court in each of the four Appellate Districts of the State. The number of examiners has not yet been settled definitely.
The medical examiners must be physicians of good standing, fulfilling the requirements which the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court are authorized to establish. They are required to give bonds for the proper performance of their duties, and are removable by the appointing power. Several of the Appellate Judges have been consulted about the placing of the appointing power in that branch of the State
THE MEDICAL EXAMINERS' BILL IN THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(11):537. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430630039008