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May 20, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(20):1618-1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740200052021

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Regulations Pertaining to Necropsies and Cremation  The federal minister of the interior, with a view to the enactment of a federal law governing necropsies, requested the federal bureau of health to secure from the governments of the various länder the regulations governing necropsies within their jurisdictions. In Prussia there are no uniform regulations. Necropsies are left to the discretion of the local authorities. It is planned to incorporate in the new federal law regulating necropsies uniform regulations governing cremation. Hitherto there have been no federal regulations governing cremation, and the laws of the länder are by no means uniform. A federal law pertaining to necropsies would provide that they may be performed only by licensed practitioners of medicine. The inquest, or necropsy, must establish the fact and the cause of death. If the cause of death is not certain, and if there is any suspicion that the deceased did not

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