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December 21, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(25):889-890. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440070023010

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HOME.  The New York System of Coroners.—The New York Society of Medical Jurisprudence has had under discussion the abuses of the system of coroners and a committee has been empowered to draft a law which, if enacted by the next session of the Legislature, will abolish that antiquated system. In its place, the Society desires to see inaugurated a system of medical examiners resembling that which has succeeded so admirably in the State of Massachusetts. It is stated as an actuality that during a recent inquest, the Coroner asked a witness if the rigor mortis was a sure sign of death, and again, if there was any way of determining if a post-mortem had been performed before death. The fierce light that beats upon the office of coroner has of late revealed so little that is creditable to it, that it cannot long perpetuate itself in an intelligent and observant

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