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December 21, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(16):2088. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980340054014

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LIGHTLY over one year ago, in an editorial in The Journal (164:40 [Sept 1] 1956), reference was made to a 1948 action of the House of Delegates adopting a report of its Reference Committee on reports of Board of Trustees and Secretary that stated, in part: "It is noted with considerable interest that the coroner-medical examiner system is gradually replacing the old coroner system.... Your committee wishes to reemphasize the previous pronouncements of this House in favor of the medical examiner system to replace the antiquated coroner system." Often on other occasions in the past, the pages of The Journal have reflected the opinion of the medical profession that there is much room for improvement in the quality and quantity of medicolegal investigations and have urged physicians to encourage their state legislatures to take the steps necessary to accomplish such improvement.

During 1957, there was legislative activity designed to

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