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April 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(17):1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490620026012

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After four years of strenuous effort the Elsberg bill abolishing the office of coroner in Greater New York has been passed, its passage having been materially aided by an emergency message from the governor. The bill does not affect the coroners now in office, but no successors will be elected. The only powers that remain to the coroners are those of investigation. They may collect evidence and take testimony to aid the magistrate and district attorney. In addition to the valid reasons which have been previously given in The Journal for the passage of such an act, there will be a saving in New York City of not less than $60,000 per year, beside putting an end to the ignorant and corrupt practices which have grown up under the late evil system. Some of the political coroners, it is said, have been unable to speak intelligible English, and miscarriages of

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