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October 16, 1897

Underground Zoology and Legal Medicine.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(16):810. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440420044010

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Washington, D. C., Sept, 28, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Will you allow me to correct, in several important particulars, the rather mixed report on page 646 of the current issue of the Journal of my paper on "Underground Zoology and Legal Medicine," read before the public medicine section of the British Medical Association on the 1st inst. The facts that "the subject is a new one and medicolegally interesting," if not important, warrant me, I feel, in seeking a correct statement of my observations.1. I found the same species of mites, beetles and flies on cadavers buried for periods varying from two to ten and even twenty years. Thus showing that under the conditions here observed, these scavengers do not seek the buried cadaver in distinct "squads" nor at definite periods.2. I found certain species of flies (other than the phoridæ) on cadavers buried in midwinter, as well

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