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July 15, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(3):97-98. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420550031005

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It is an important question for physicians liable to be summoned as experts by State officers to know what rights they have with regard to fees, and especially whether the action of a particular officer or board in fixing their compensation, when so provided for by law, is final and conclusive, or not. Under a former Iowa statute, providing that the coroner might, when he deemed it advisable, summon one or more physicians at an inquest, and that he should fix the compensation for such services, it was held (in Cushman vs. Washington Co., 45 Iowa, 256) that the coroner, or the justice acting in his absence, was the officer or tribunal exclusively charged with the duty of fixing the compensation in question. For refusal to act on the claim made, he might be compelled to do so by mandamus. For allowing an insufficient compensation, as no appeal was allowed,

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