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March 21, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(12):326-327. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390870018007

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Two cases have occurred during the past week in which coronors and the coronors' juries have been guilty of gross neglect of duty. The first case was that in which a coronor was called to determine the cause of death of two persons who had come to their death in a sudden and unknown manner. In both of these cases there was reason to suspect that the persons had died of poisoning by morphine, and that one had taken a much larger quantity than the other. In the case of the first the intelligent jury found that the person had come to his death from causes unknown to the jury; no autopsy was made, and the person was buried. In the second case the finding was that death was caused by morphine, but no autopsy was made.

The second case to which we refer is that of the young woman

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