Death Investigation in America: Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty (Hardback)
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Death Investigation in America: Coroners, Medical Examiners, and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages
Published: 01/10/2009
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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.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674034532
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Jentzen's book stands alone and defines a field. It is full of ironic twists and the grim comedy of the often bizarre stories of famous death investigations in the past. Jentzen has an eye for the right anecdote to illustrate a large idea, and has found wonderful quotations to drive home his points. The United States deserves a better system of death investigation; Jentzen helps us understand why we never got one. - James Mohr, University of Oregon

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