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March 21, 1966

Forensic Medicine

JAMA. 1966;195(12):1076-1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100120144063

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In the opening chapter there are brief reviews of the medical-legal systems of England entitled "The Colonial System," "The European Medical-Legal System," and "The Medical Examiners System of the United States and of the Australian States." These reviews are brief but informative and should prove valuable to those who are still trying to institute modern medical examiner systems where they do not exist in this country. Despite the fact that the legal code is not exactly the same in Australia as it is in the United States, there is still much that can be learned from those sections that deal with registration of deaths, burial, cremation, professional responsibility, liability, and negligence.

The chapter on sudden death from natural causes presents statistics comparable to those seen in this country, although sudden death from coronary atherosclerosis is a more important cause in the United States. It was interesting to note that among

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