Excerpt from The New-York Medical and Physical Journal, 1828, Vol. 7
It may however be urged, that the time has not yet arrived for such an arrangement. If so, and we are to proceed according. To former customs, it certainly appears necessary that examinations of the dead should be made with great de liberation and accuracy. And nothing can be more conducive to this end, than that two or more professional men should be associated together. They will assist each other not merely mechanically, but by suggesting various points of ia quiry. While he, who is most skilled in anatomy, is pursuing his dissection, the other may note the appearances as they successively present themselves - and the same course may be adopted while performing chemical experiments. The ad vantage will thus be attained, of having a complete account prepared at the moment of observation, which may be after wards reviewed both in coming to a decision on the case and in giving evidence before a jury. We all recognise the utility of discussion, in enabling us to weigh the merits of condict ing arguments, and the application of this may prevent many regrets, as well as prepare the mind for any difficulties that may be suggested. It should he recollected, that the opinion of a medical man before a coroner's jury, may consign an in dividual to a prison for months, and heap on him the imputa tion of the most horrid crimes. How necessary then that his decision be strongly fortified by facts and by authority.
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