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November 26, 1927


Author Affiliations

Boston. Medical Examiner, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

JAMA. 1927;89(22):1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690220068031

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To the Editor:  —May I, through you, thank Dr. Harkness for calling my attention (The Journal, October 22) to the error attributing to Edward the Confessor the statutes quoted in my paper of August 20 dealing with the medical examiner system? We are both in error, since the statutes are those of Edward IV. I can only plead guilty to a failure to refurbish my English history in preparation for my paper. The error in relation to the history of the coroner system is the more serious since it is my hope that within a few years the coroner will become a purely historical personage in the United States.Dr. Charles E. Norris, chief medical examiner in the city of New York, writes me that the medical examiner system obtains in New York State only in the five counties making up New York City (New York, the Bronx, Kings, Queens

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