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March 19, 1932

A Compendium of the Statute Law of Coroners and Medical Examiners in the United States.

JAMA. 1932;98(12):1022-1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380090038

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This is the third of a series of projects undertaken under the auspices of the committee on medicolegal problems of the National Research Council. The first was an investigation of the functioning of the offices of coroner and medical examiner, by O. T. Schultz and E. M. Morgan. The second was a survey of the law of the dead human body, by the author of the present study.

This volume brings together the laws relating to the coroner and medical examiner in the various jurisdictions of the United States. It considers these laws under the five main subject headings of selection, qualification, and tenure of office of the coroner; deputy coroners; powers and duties of the coroner; compensation and fees; and medical examiners. Under each heading the basic common law principles are briefly discussed, the relevant legislative enactments in each jurisdiction are quoted, and court decisions that have modified or

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