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Death Investigation in America Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty

ISBN-10: 0674034538

ISBN-13: 9780674034532

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jeffrey M. Jentzen

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A death occurs at home, in a hospital, on a street: why? As Jeffrey Jentzen reveals, we often never know. Why is the American system of death investigation so inconsistent and inadequate? What can the events of the assassination of President Kennedy, killing of Bobby Kennedy, and Chappaquiddick reveal about the state of death investigation?If communities in early America had a coroner at all, he was politically appointed and poorly trained. As medicine became more sophisticated and the medical profession more confident, physicians struggled to establish a professionalized, physician-led system of death investigation. The conflict between them and the coroners, as well as politicians and law enforcement agencies, led to the patchwork of local laws and practices that persist to this day.In this unique political and cultural history, Jentzen draws on archives, interviews, and his own career as a medical examiner to look at the way that a long-standing professional and political rivalry controls public medical knowledge and public health.
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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Jeffrey M. Jentzen is the Director of Autopsy and Forensic Services at the University of Michigan, and former Medical Examiner in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Introduction
Good and Lawful Men
Rockefeller Philanthropy and the Harvard Dream
A Model Law
Creating an Identity
In Search of Authority
Autonomy Challenged
Beyond Vital Statistics
The Road to Demedicalization
The Popularization of Forensic Pathology
In Search of Reasonable Medical Certainty
Epilogue
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index