October 13, 1906

The Necessity for Better Provision for Legal Medicine in This Country.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(15):1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520150064014

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Philadelphia, Oct. 6, 1906.

To the Editor:  —The letter of my friend, Prof. Henry Leffmann, on "The Teaching of Medical Jurisprudence," published in the last number of The Journal, may possibly be misunderstood by some who are not familiar with the inner workings of the coroner's office of Philadelphia. First of all, the "City Party," an organization which has done so much for bettering the political situation in Philadelphia, elected its nominee for coroner last November, and anyone who has paid attention to the manner in which this office has been conducted since Jan. 1, 1906, by the present coroner, J. M. Rush Jermon, Esq., of the Philadelphia bar, knows that the business of this department has been carried on honestly, fearlessly and well. It should also be stated in this connection that the exposures by the Record, to which reference was made in Professor Leffmann's letter, occurred many

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