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May 16, 1891

"CROWNER'S QUEST LAW."

JAMA. 1891;XVI(20):708-709. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410720024009

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Abstract

A New York daily has begun to stir up the coroner's office with a long pole, perhaps with no higher aim than to amuse the public with a sensation, but yet some good may result. The charges of inefficiency, ignorance and indifference are somewhat sweeping, and the proposal to delegate the functions of the office to the police rather preposterous. The intimation that autopsies are much to infrequent may be true, but the time was not long ago when a counter-charge was on the popular tongue, and special legislation was invoked for the cutting off of the fees, which resulted in making searching examinations discretionary. Increase of population we cannot but admit has really demanded more work and speedier dispatch in its performance. Besides, too, in communities polyglot in character and of a somewhat feeble public virtue, political plums are expected to grow on every tree. Herein lay the root

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