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October 6, 1906

The Teaching of Medical Jurisprudence.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1116-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520140052020

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Philadelphia, Sept. 8, 1906.

To the Editor:  —A valuable service to the cause of good medical education was done by your editorial August 25 concerning the extent of teaching of medical jurisprudence In American medical schools. During a considerable part of my active professional life, I was chemist to the coroner and district attorney of this city, and had, therefore, much opportunity to see the necessity of instruction in the determination of causes of death. It seemed sad to see the vast amount of valuable material that was allowed to go to waste in connection with numerous and varied forms of violent death.In this city the coroner appoints one or more physicians, who make the necessary postmortems and report to the office. As is known throughout the nation. Philadelphia has been for many years in the grip of a political ring, which has no superior in the world for

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