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NCJ Number: 66175 Find in a Library
Title: FINAL ANALYSIS - ACCOUNTABILITY AND FORENSIC MEDICINE
Journal: LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNICATIONS  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1980)  Pages:32-36
Author(s): S KATZ
Corporate Author: United Business Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: United Business Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE DIFFERING ROLES OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER AND THE CORONER IN THE URBAN AND RURAL ENVIRONMENTS, THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF THE OFFICE, AND THE POLITICAL PRESSURES ON MEDICAL EXAMINERS ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: MEDICAL EXAMINERS, IN EXERCISING THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES OF DETERMINING IDENTITY, AS WELL AS THE CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH, INFLUENCE INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS, PROSECUTIONS, AND PRODUCT SAFETY. HOWEVER, THE NATURE OF THE JOB IS DEPENDENT ON THE TERRITORY. FOR EXAMPLE, THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S ROLE IN NEW YORK CITY, WHICH AVERAGES 1,800 HOMICIDES PER YEAR, IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THAT IN A RURAL AREA, WHICH HAS FAR LESS OF A VOLUME OF WORK. THE AUTOPSY IS ONLY ONE INVESTIGATIVE TOOL AVAILABLE TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER, WHO CAN ALSO INVESTIGATE THE DEATH SCENE AS WELL AS REVIEW OTHER PIECES OF EVIDENCE. THE OFFICES OF CORONER AND MEDICAL EXAMINER DIFFER IN THAT THE MEDICAL EXAMINER MAY POSSESS THE SKILLS OF A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST AND BE AN APPOINTED OFFICIAL SUBJECT TO POLITICAL PRESSURE. MOST CORONERS ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS. INSTEAD THEY ARE ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS
Index Term(s): Coroners; Investigative powers; Political influences
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