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September 2, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(10):961. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350071026

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To the Editor.—  In the July 22 issue of The Journal appeared an editorial entitled "The Maryland Medical Examiner Act." From what I can learn of the Maryland act, I am of the opinion that it is a good act. The Michigan coroner law has many faults as it now stands. Principally, it permits a person without any qualifications to occupy the position of coroner. Hence there are barbers, real estate men, undertakers and men of what not occupations represented. However, in my opinion it was unwise to pass an act making the office, known by whatever name, the expensive, centralized political machine provided by this act.There was no provision made for changing the occupant of the head office for any reason whatever. He could hire and fire all the subofficers throughout the state at his pleasure, giving him despotic privileges. According to the law, qualifications for the office

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