June 7, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(23):831. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410230023006

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The intelligent physicians and jurists of Denver have been led to the formation of a medico-legal society, as a partial corrective of the coronerial status in Colorado. As in many another State, the office of Coroner is more political than scientific; no medical qualifications are essential; no post-mortems need be held unless the Coroner shall so ordain, and the rules of the County Commissioners aim rather at a cheap administration of the office than at a satisfactory rendition of the causes of sudden death, whether they be or not of a suspicious or obscure character. Nearly every young community must struggle along for years in a contention with flimsy and inadequate laws, with a miserly policy of reimbursing those who do the scientific work in inquest cases, and with the non-recognition of medicine in civic organizations. The idea that physicians have any official importance in the commonwealth is always a

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