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To the Editor:
—In the interesting article in The Journal, August 20, on the Medical Examiner System, there is a slight error in the historical part. It is stated that "the first formal statute after Magna Charta dealing with the Coroner is that of Edward the Confessor in the year 1276 (4. Ed. 1., de officio coronatoris)." Edward the Confessor was of course the last but one of the Saxon kings and lived more than 150 years before Magna Charta. He was a great saint, starting the building of Westminster Abbey, but not a wise king. Edward I, a wise king, was far from being a saint.May I express in conclusion the gratification that I, along with many other Canadians, feel in the increasing interest shown in the better class of American publications in the history of our common mother.
Harkness JG. THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SYSTEM. JAMA. 1927;89(17):1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690170069031
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