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March 5, 1898

A Coroner's Perquisite.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(10):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440620054019

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Elizabeth, Ill., Feb. 1, 1898.

To the Editor:  —One of your "Selections" in which the London Lancet is quoted has no doubt found many readers who will profit thereby. And as the medical profession can do much to dispel erroneous ideas, the writer would continue to call attention to errors in the manner of calling a coroner's attention when his services are needed. In my jurisdiction good judgment is not lacking in freeing a body found suspended, etc. Quoting from the article in the Journal of January 29, p. 263, "If life remains a medical man should be sent for and afterward the police." The sending for a medical man while life still exists may at times be forgotten, hence the necessity of calling attention to this matter. If a body is found dead the finder almost invariably sends for the police, and this officer may or may not send

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