To the Editor:—
In the concluding paragraph of the editorial entitled: "Medical Science and the Administration of Justice" (The Journal, November 6, pp. 751-752), the "medical examiner system" is offered as a panacea for all the weaknesses which exist under the coroner "system" in some localities. Throughout the entire article there is no recognition of the fact that competent medicolegal investigations are being made in many jurisdictions where there are coroners who are physicians with special interest and experience in legal medicine or who have such physicians as members of their staffs.The editorial cites an opinion from the Report of the Committee of the American Medical Association to Study the Relationship of Medicine and Law (The Journal, June 24, 1944, page 577). However, the author seems to have failed to take cognizance of a comment in that same report (p. 578): "Obviously the name under which the medical investigator
Gerber SR. ADEQUATE MEDICAL EXAMINATION IN UNEXPECTED AND VIOLENT DEATHS. JAMA. 1948;138(16):1190–1191. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900160058020
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